Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous Oxide sedation treatment is a form of sedative that is inhaled from a mask worn by the patient.
The medication is diluted slightly with oxygen, so the patient can breathe deeply and feel immediately relaxed. This is a very common form of sedation in dental offices.
You will not fall asleep with nitrous oxide. It is a good option for patients who are looking to relax, while remaining conscious during the treatment.
It is very easy to administer and this makes it a popular choice for patients who are looking to breeze through their dental appointments.
Benefits of Nitrous Oxide Sedation
- Mild sedation
- Relieves pain and anxiety
- Fast and effective – no downtime
- Cost effective
- Fit for adults and children
How Does Nitrous Oxide Sedation Work?
Your dentist and dental assistant will help you to secure a small mask to your face, which will be attached with the perfect balance of flowing nitrous oxide.
The system is very straightforward and easy-to-use for patients.
You simply inhale normally through your nose and the effects of the medication are felt within minutes.
Nitrous oxide is commonly referred to as “laughing gas” because those who inhale it report feeling a profound sense of calm and happiness.
The effects of this form of therapy wear off quickly once you are no longer breathing in the nitrous oxide, so you should be feeling like your normal self fairly soon after your procedure.
The effects end within seconds of removing the mask.
What Does It Feel Like?
Nitrous oxide gives the patients feelings of pleasure and deep relaxation. It helps you remain calm throughout your dental procedure and aids with feelings of pain or discomfort.
It is very common in both medical and dental practices. It is the perfect form of medication for anxiety relief.
Nitrous oxide is used predominantly as a numbing agent, which means that if you are going through a minor procedure, it is a good option for you. It is part of a family of anesthetic pain relievers that are very mild.
If you are thinking of going through a more extensive procedure, you may want to choose a more powerful form of sedation, via IV for example.
Are There Any Side Effects Of Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
The only drawback of this kind of sedation is that the patient is wearing an oxygen mask for the duration of the procedure.
If you have a phobia related to masks, this may not be the right kind of sedation for you and you could try oral or IV sedation instead.
The mask is hardly noticeable and the sedative works quickly to take away your fears. However, sometimes patients are more comfortable with other treatments.
The most common side effect for all sedative treatments are slight feelings of nausea or dizziness. This will subside if you experience it at all.
We suggest that in order to avoid this, you simply eat lightly or wait to eat until a few hours after the medication. This side effect is uncommon with nitrous oxide treatments, due to how mild they are.
The recovery time after nitrous oxide is quite fast, and you will start to feel back to normal soon after the mask is removed.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation – Costs and prices
The average cost for nitrous oxide sedation can range between $100 and $200. At LA Dental Clinic, we charge $175. The price has many factors involved and the main determinant of pricing is the length of the procedure.
If you need to be sedated for a longer period if time, the price will generally be higher, due to he fact that you will need more of the product.