Nitrous Oxide

What is Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide is a blend of two gases- nitrous oxide and oxygen. The process of administering nitrous oxide is easy and quick, and the effects wear off quickly once the procedure has been completed. A fitted mask will be placed over the nose and the patient breathes normally; uptake occurs through the lungs.

Why is Nitrous Sedation needed?

There are a few reasons why you might want to choose nitrous oxide sedation for your child. A child may feel anxious before or during treatment. Your child may need more support than a gentle caring manner to feel comfortable. Nitrous oxide is a safe, effective sedative agent used to calm a child’s fear of dental visits and enhance effective communication. Additionally, it works well for children with exaggerated gag reflex and who are unable to sit still for long periods of time. This sedative option is ideal for patients who want to benefit from some type of sedation without necessarily being asleep for the procedure.

Who is a candidate for Nitrous Sedation?

Most of our patients are good candidates for nitrous oxide sedation. We will review your child’s health and medical history to determine if they would benefit from sedation. Most of the time Dr Abraham can avoid numbing your child if the filling is done under nitrous oxide.

What happens during the Nitrous Sedation process?

Nitrous oxide is a relatively simple sedative that can work wonders when it comes to calming and relaxing your child. We will place a small mask over your child’s nose and will be instructed to breathe. The sweet-smelling gas will begin to work almost immediately and experience a sense of well-being and relaxation. Your child will be breathing through the mask throughout the treatment. At the end of treatment, it is eliminated after a short period of breathing oxygen and has no lingering effects. 

If you think you might benefit from nitrous sedation, call our office today and one of our helpful team members will be happy to further assist you

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