Nitrous oxide is a colorless gas with a slightly sweet smell. It has been used in dentistry for decades and is also referred to as laughing gas. At Saddler Family Dentistry in Berkeley, California, Dr. Saddler uses this safe and effective technique to administer conscious sedation.
Why Use Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
Most people whose anxiety prevents them from undergoing necessary dental procedures can benefit from nitrous oxide sedation. Before administering the sedation, Dr. Saddler will analyze your medical history, including your use of prescribed medications.
If you are pregnant, have pulmonary diseases, or take certain drugs, this type of sedation may not be suitable for you. However, if you do not and would like to benefit from a stress-free experience in the dental office, nitrous oxide conscious sedation can be the ideal solution for you.
How Can Nitrous Oxide Sedation Help?
Dr. Saddler may recommend nitrous oxide sedation if you:
- Fear visiting the dental office
- Have anxiety related to dental instruments, sounds, and smells
- Have a sensitive gag reflex
- Need to undergo multiple treatments at once
Benefits of Nitrous Oxide Sedation
- The gas is inhaled through a mask eliminating the need for needles
- The sedative effects are almost instant
- Temporarily eliminates or reduces a patient's gag reflex
- It does not have long-lasting effects
Nitrous Oxide Sedation Procedure
Patients who are going to receive nitrous oxide sedation are advised to have little or no food for two hours before the dental appointment.
Before the sedation is administered, patients are asked to relax and lie back in the dental chair. We will then place a mask on the patient's nose and turn on the gas. The effects of the nitrous oxide are almost immediate, and patients will experience a sense of relaxation and comfort.
The nitrous oxide effects wear off very quickly, usually within minutes after the gas flow has been stopped. Adult patients who opt for nitrous oxide sedation can drive back home or resume their daily work after a short observation period at the office.
If you want to learn more about nitrous oxide sedation and its benefits, visit Saddler Family Dentistry at 1504 Alcatraz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703. You can also reach us by calling (510) 653-6424.