Nitrous Oxide Sedation – is it the right choice for me?

March 1, 2023

Here at Skye Dental, we are well known for our calming and gentle dentistry, especially when it comes to those who suffer from dental anxiety. One of the beneficial services we do offer is the choice to have procedures done under Nitrous Oxide Sedation, otherwise known as happy gas. This is an option that is used almost daily in our practice due to the high volume of patients we see who suffer from dental anxiety.

How does it work?

Nitrous Oxide involves breathing in a blend of two gases, nitrous oxide and oxygen through a mask which sits over your nose. These two-gases mixed together raise the pain threshold while giving the patient a feeling of well-being and relaxation. It is an ideal solution for patients who suffer from anxiety or are highly nervous when undergoing a dental procedure.

Is it safe?

Nitrous Oxide is very safe. It only takes around 3-5 minutes to take affect and is quickly eliminated from the body once it’s turned off (generally takes around 5 minutes). The gas can be adjusted to suit individual patients liking and patients remain fully conscious and able to respond to questions while under the gas.

Is it the right choice for you?

To determine if Nitrous Oxide sedation is the right choice for you, it is important to discuss it with your Dentist. Generally, Nitrous Oxide sedation is not recommended for people with the following.

-       Any pulmonary disease or current respiratory infections

-       Any ear infections which result in blocked middle ear

-       Immune system compromised patients

-       Multiple sclerosis

-       Psychiatric diseases

-       Patients who have been prescribed anti-psychotic medications

-       Patients who are unable to communicate effectively due to disability or a language barrier

-       Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding

-       Patients under the influence of drugs or alcohol

-       Patients who are very apprehensive

Are there any side effects?

Although it doesn’t happen often, some patients may feel nauseated in response to the nitrous oxide being administered.

If you have any questions or you want to come visit us please contact Skye Dental’s friendly team on 07 3823 1896 or use our simple online booking system to make an appointment.

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