Nitrous Oxide is a sweet smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas which you can breathe.
Nitrous Oxide has been the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years. Nitrous oxide is safe; the patient receives 50-70% oxygen with no less than 30% nitrous oxide.
The patients are able to breathe on their own and remain in control of all bodily functions.
The patient may experience mild amnesia and may fall asleep not remembering all of what happened during their appointment.
There are many advantages to using Nitrous Oxide
- The depth of sedation can be altered at any time to increase or decrease sedation.
- There is no after effect such as a “hangover”
- Inhalation sedation is safe with no side effects on your heart and lung, etc.
- Inhalation sedation is very effective in minimizing gagging
- It works rapidly as it reaches the brain within 20 seconds. In as few as 2-3 minutes, its relaxation and pain killing properties develop.
Reasons to not use Nitrous Oxide
Though there are no major contraindications to using nitrous oxide, you may not want to use it if you have emphysema, exotic chest problems, M.S., a cold or other difficulties with breathing.
Dental anxiety is extremely common and in some cases can be severe. It is estimated that between 9 and 20 percent of Americans suffer from dental anxiety and often avoid oral healthcare treatments that are essential to their overall health.
The good news is, you no longer have to suffer from Dental anxiety! IV sedation may be able to provide a solution. The procedure produces a higher level of sedation than nitrous oxide and offers more predictable results than oral medication, all while maintaining the patient’s consciousness — allowing them to completely relax and still safely interact as necessary. Dr. Kulesa is an Ohio Dental Board certified IV Sedation specialist.
Northstar Family Dental offers several options for sedation, including oral sedation and IV sedation. Our sedation services are completely confidential; the office even provides a private back entrance and exit for patients who wish to skip the lobby area.
When necessary, financing is made simple and affordable through Lending Club – a deferred interest medical loan provider.
Ready to learn more? Contact us today for a complimentary sedation consultation to see if you qualify for Sedation Dentistry.