Though it may sound unorthodox, Nitrous Sedation is a surprisingly safe way to manage the fear of dental treatment. Nitrous Oxide in general anesthesia has been noted as an excellent option for many individuals who struggle with anxiety in the dentist’s chair.
What is Nitrous Sedation?
Nitrous oxide is a standard gas used as an anesthetic in hospitals to help patients relax. Because Nitrous Oxide works well as a sedative, it can be administered in smaller doses than other dental sedatives.
How does it work?
During the sedation process, the patient will be breathing in nitrous oxide, which replaces the oxygen in their blood. The feeling of being awake and alert is maintained only temporarily.
It can be an excellent option for patients with dental phobia because it doesn’t put them under the same level of Sedation as anesthesia would. However, it can still relax them and reduce their anxiety.
When is Nitrous Sedation used?
The gas is usually administered in a dental office or surgery and usually requires monitoring from a medical professional. It’s most commonly used for patients who are highly anxious about having dental work done, especially if they’ve had traumatic experiences in the past. It is also used for children and patients with physical limitations, making it difficult for them to lie back for dental treatment.
What are the benefits of Nitrous Sedation?
- While this is mainly used for patients who are very nervous about anxiety-free dentistry, it can also be used as an alternative to traditional sedatives.
- This method has a faster recovery period and only requires that the patient take it easy for a few hours after treatment.
- It also has a quick onset time and doesn’t leave the patient groggy or confused after treatment, as some other sedatives may.
Even though the gas is administered in smaller doses than other sedatives, there are still certain risks.
- There are instances when a patient can’t be put under Sedation because of their health or other factors.
- For the general public, there are no significant risks involved with this treatment. Still, there could be complications to the fetus for pregnant women, like low birth weight and developmental issues.
Nitrous Oxide can help some highly anxious patients about having dental work done, but it’s not for everyone. Patients should always be informed about the risks and benefits of this particular method of Sedation to make an informed decision.