Nitrous Oxide – otherwise known as Laughing Gas – is used by some dentists for the purpose of sedating patients. Around since 1844, this effective method for calming a nervous patient can provide fast relief from the dental jitters and anxiety associated with dental procedures.
Can Everyone Have Laughing Gas?
Interestingly, Laughing Gas (Nitrous Oxide) is a common sedative used by Pediatric Dentists – as young children are frequently in need of a little support to make it through a dental appointment. The safety and efficacy of this sedative (once suitability has been confirmed) can make even the toughest of dental procedures seem like a conquerable event – and facing future treatment doable. Relied upon for its relaxing effect more than pain control – patients of all ages can feel more confident in the dental chair and complete treatment they may have thought of delaying.
Are You a Nervous Dental Patient?
SW Calgary Dentists at Bow Trail Dental understand that a trip to the dentist can be a scary thought for some patients. Memories from past dental experiences as far back as childhood can come flooding back when faced with sitting in the dental chair – which results in patients having to suffer through procedures or ignore appointments all together. Neither option seems realistic as either a patient’s emotional or dental health suffers due to fear, anxiety or hesitancy to follow-up with recommended treatment. But what are the options available to dental patients to help combat dental fears?
Is Nitrous Oxide the Same as Conscious Oral Sedation?
Nitrous Oxide does enable the dental patient to remain conscious throughout a procedure. A patient may feel warm, cozy, happy and maybe even a little silly (hence the term laughing gas) – and is fully aware of their surroundings at all times. Nitrous Oxide does not create as deep a state of relaxation as Oral Sedation Medication – which is great for patients who just need some added TLC to make it through a procedure. For longer appointments and a deeper state of relaxation – Oral Sedation medication may prove more affective – but is not suitable for every patient.