What exactly is Nitrous Oxide Sedation (Laughing gas)?
Sedation is a form of anxiety control to make treatment more pleasant for you. It offers a modern alternative to general anesthesia for most dental procedures.
You and your child can be made to feel more relaxed by ‘relative analgesia’ (known as ‘Nitrous Oxide Sedation’). This means breathing in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen (‘gas and air’), which quickly leads to a pleasant and calm feeling.
Our dental team will put you at ease by talking softly and explaining the process to you in full. Although you may feel a little drowsy, you will stay conscious at all times.
Nitrous Oxide sedation can help if:
You’re particularly nervous about dental treatment
You want to feel more relaxed during your visit to the dentist
Your child requires some ‘happy air’ to help them stay relaxed during treatment
Why choose Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
It’s very effective
It is a very comfortable experience – you simply breathe in through a nosepiece
It is safe. You can’t overdose on gas and air.
There are no after-effects – you can drive home after about 15 minutes (although we recommend you have somebody to accompany you).
Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation safe?
Yes. When performed by expert dentists like ourselves, this procedure is completely safe. The gas and air mixture quickly leaves the body as soon as you breathe in one or two breaths of ordinary air. There are also no adverse after-effects to worry about.
What about children?
Of course, you want your child to be as happy and calm as possible during any dental treatment. That’s why we will recommend inhalation sedation in some cases. The ‘happy air’ they inhale through the small nosepiece will make them feel warm, relaxed and at ease. (It may even make them giggle.) Whilst your child may feel sleepy, they will not go to sleep. Obviously, this is a much safer alternative to general anesthetic.