Nitrous Oxide is a gas which you can safely breathe, it is colorless, does not irritate and smells sweet. For many years, the dental industry has used Nitrous Oxide as the primary means for sedating patients. The patient will receive a mix of 50-70% oxygen with no less than 30% Nitrous oxide, which is safe. You will maintain control of all bodily functions and will be able to breathe on your own. You may fall asleep and also experience mild amnesia, some patients are unable to remember everything that happens during the appointment.
THERE ARE MANY ADVANTAGES TO USING NITROUS OXIDE
The volume of gas can be changed at any time to decrease or increase sedation level.
There are no after effects or “hangover”.
Breathing sedative gas has no side effects on your lungs, heart, etc.
Breathing Nitrous Oxide minimizes gagging.
It works very quickly, reaching the brain in just 20 seconds. After just 2 to 3 minutes you will feel relaxed and the pain killing properties will be working.
Reasons to not use Nitrous Oxide
If you have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you should not use Nitrous Oxide. While there are not any other contraindications to using this gas, some patients may not want to use it if they suffer from M.S., exotic chest problems, emphysema, a cold or other difficulties with breathing.
Dr. Lisa Jo Adornetto
3861 Battleground Ave
Greensboro, NC 27410