Inhalation Sedation: Dental Care While You Relax

The Benefits of Laughing Gas

The most common form of sedation in the world of dentistry is with "Laughing Gas" gas. This anesthetic drug, which is used in roughly a third of all dental procedures in the United States, has proven itself to be safe and effective. If you'd like to take advantage of the various benefits of laughing gas sedation during your dental procedure, you can contact Texas Denture Clinic to schedule an appointment.

Patients who want to use the gas should avoid eating anything during the two hours before sedation. The fact that it is simply a gas, administered via a mask and simply inhaled makes it an attractive option for patients who want to avoid the use of an IV or general anesthetic.

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Laughing gas can help you relax during treatment. It wears off quickly so that you can safely drive yourself home after your appointment.

It takes anywhere from 30 seconds to four minutes of breathing for the effects of the gas to start setting in. The patient will feel a pleasant level of sedation, and in some cases, the cheeks and gums will start to go numb. This is perfectly safe, and occurs in roughly one out of every three patients. Once the appropriate amount of gas is being administered to the patient, the dentist can proceed.

Once the procedure is complete, we switch patients to full oxygen. Generally, this reverses the sedative's effects within about five minutes, often allowing patients to leave without an escort and drive themselves home. Such rapid recovery isn't available with general anesthesia or IV sedation.

One of the most useful effects of laughing gas is its calming factor. Any fear or anxiety over the procedure is usually overpowered by the gas's relaxing effects, making it especially good for young children who are afraid of the dentist. In most cases, if you are nervous about your appointment, you can specifically ask for laughing gas to help ease your anxiety and make you more comfortable with the procedure.

For more information on N2O/Laughing Gas sedation dentistry, contact our Fort Worth or Dallas offices today.

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