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Nitrous Oxide

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Many individuals have refused to go for dental treatment – sometimes a very necessary treatment, because of the ‘fear-factor.’

Anxieties do occur, but it should not prevent you from consulting your doctor whenever you have an issue. However, the good news is that the use of nitrous oxide can help to relax your body from fear or anxiety.

The whole process is hassle-free, so relax, and enjoy yourself.

Nitrous oxide is an important chemical compound in medicine; it is colorless, with a faint sweet smell. Over the years, it is referred in chemistry as laughing gas because of its supposed ability to induce laughter. Regardless of that, NO is one of the best substances for conscious sedation. It helps you to stay awake while the process takes place.

The use of NO in conjunction with local anesthesia ensures that patients do not feel any pain or discomfort during the dental process. Similarly, the sedative effects of NO do not linger for long.

How Is Nitrous Oxide Administered?

The gas is passed through via a small mask well-fitted in your nose. The gas is administered alongside with oxygen at a level that

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is appropriate for the body. Once this is done, you might begin to feel a tingling sensation in your hands or foot. It signifies the effect of the sedation.

Once the dentist confirms that the level of sedation is enough and you are calm, then, she will proceed

with other dental processes.

However, it is not proper to refer to NO as anesthesia, because its primary function is to eliminate anxiety, while anesthesia is used to prevent discomfort.  So, in some cases, both substances are used together.

The advantage here is that you will be awake all through the process, yet, you won’t feel any pain within you. Besides, adjustments can be made, such that you are satisfied with the sedative level.

After the entire process, the flow of nitrous oxide is reduced to an absolute minimum, while oxygen, is increased maximally. Then, after some minutes, the whole mask will be withdrawn, and then, you can continue with your regular daily routine. It is also noteworthy to mention that you might feel a little dizzy after the process (that kind-of feeling you get when you have some drinks).

Can Nitrous Oxide Benefit You?

Principal beneficiaries of conscious sedations are individuals who find it difficult to control their fears whenever they want to undertake a dental operation. Perhaps, we can say it was made to provide relief to people with overwhelming anxiety.

Nevertheless, we will conduct a thorough examination of your medical records to ensure you’re safe to undergo the process. People with pregnancy, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or individuals on some medications will be prevented from using these sedatives.

However, if you’re free from the conditions as mentioned above, and you want to have a stress-free dental process, then, request for nitrous oxide sedation.

At the dental offices of Dr. Carol Felder, we will provide Nitrous Oxide to the appropriate patients who may suffer from anxiety during dental work. Contact us for more information.

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