Experiencing pain is one common fear of children who have a dental visit. Their anxiety about the upcoming visit isn’t unusual. Children generally don’t know what to expect at a dental appointment, so the whole thing can be intimidating. You can help ease their concerns by letting them know that their dentist won’t let them hurt during their visit. Nitrous oxide is a special gas used as a safe form of sedation for patients concerned about pain, even children. This sedative is safe enough that it can be used to ease discomfort and soothe anxiety without any side effects.
How Nitrous Oxide Is Used In All Areas Of Dentistry
Nitrous oxide won its place in dental care thanks to a number of beneficial traits that it holds. It was first brought into dentistry over a century ago and has been used as part of dental care ever since. Millions of patients worldwide have been able to receive necessary dental care without anxiety or discomfort. While other forms of anesthesia have appeared over the years, none is well-suited for general dentistry use. It is easy to administer safely due to tightly controlling the amount of gas received. Further, you’ll be able to speak to the dentist while under its effects and cooperate with instructions they’re given.
While under the effects of nitrous oxide, you’ll feel relaxed and at ease and may occasionally giggle or laugh. This is part of where Nitrous Oxide gets its nickname “laughing gas.” Fillings and dental cleanings can be done while under the influence of this sedative. This makes these procedures far less intimidating and can even make them a pleasant experience for all involved. The benefits of nitrous oxide are listed below:
- Able To Communicate – Patients under the influence of nitrous oxide can still communicate with their dentist. This means they can cooperate with requests from their dentist and communicate any concerns they have. They’re still going to experience a reduced amount of discomfort and anxiety that will make the whole experience easier.
- Quick Recovery Time – As soon as the gas is turned off, you’ll begin recovering from the effects. It only takes a few minutes for your head to clear and the effects to pass. One of the great benefits of nitrous oxide is how quickly patients recover from it.
- Lack Of Side Effects – There are no side effects associated with the use of nitrous oxide. The effects of the gas pass so quickly that you’ll be able to drive yourself home without concern.
These benefits, combined with their reputation for being safe and effective, make nitrous oxide a reliable part of your dentist’s toolkit.
Find Out More By Consulting Dr. Martin
Nitrous oxide remains one of the safest and most effective methods of sedation used in dentistry today. If you still have concerns schedule a consultation with our office. Dr. Martin will be able to answer any questions you may have and put your concerns to rest.