Nitrous oxide, also known as ‘laughing gas,’ is a colorless, odorless gas used in dentistry to help patients relax. It’s mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a mask placed over the nose. The gas helps block pain signals from the brain, making dental procedures more comfortable. It works by depressing the central nervous system, which reduces feelings of anxiety and stress. The gas can also help numb the mouth and reduce pain during dental procedures. Nitrous oxide is also effective in reducing anxiety and improving overall mood. It’s safe and easy to use and quickly leaves the body after the procedure.
Safety of Nitrous Oxide Use in Dentistry
This gas is safe for use in administering local anesthesia compared to other methods such as IV sedation. You have nothing to worry about because anesthesiologists are experts in administering the right doses of the anesthesia gas safe enough for dental procedures without negatively impacting your general wellbeing.
Dental Procedures that Use Nitrous Oxide Anesthesia
RenovaSmiles makes your dental procedures experience more comfortable and even painless. Some of the dental services offered with the help of laughing for pain sedation include but are not limited to:
- Composite Fillings
Composite fillings are dental fillings made of plastic and glass that seamlessly blend with your teeth. These filings are often used to repair teeth that have been damaged by decay or wear. When using nitrous oxide anesthesia with composite fillings, you become more comfortable and have no anxiety about the procedure. Besides, laughing gas can help make composite filling procedures less daunting for you, leading to better overall oral health outcomes.
- Emergency Dental Procedure
RenovaSmiles uses nitrous oxide in dental procedures that are considered emergencies, such as a broken tooth or a tooth that has been knocked out. The gas can help make the procedure less painful and more comfortable for the patient making the whole dental process painless. Additionally, it is a relatively safe anesthetic for both children and adults, ideal for emergencies.
- Tooth Pain Management
If you are experiencing tooth pain due to a cavity, broken tooth, cracked tooth, chipped tooth, abscess, or infected root canal, many dentists will recommend that you receive nitrous oxide anesthesia. Laughing gas is a safe and effective way to numb the area around the tooth and reduce any pain as the problem is being solved.
- General Dentistry
Teeth cleanings, root canals, fillings, crowning, and gum disease treatment can be painlessly done using nitrous oxide. Thanks to using it, you can have the comfortable, painless dental treatment you desire.
- Dental Cleanings
The gas is often used during dental cleanings to help calm and relax the patient. Nitrous oxide is an effective numbing agent with few side effects. In addition, it does not contain any narcotic substances, so patients can generally drive themselves home after a dental cleaning using laughing gas.
- Other Benefits of the Anesthesia
Apart from dental procedures, some dentists also use nitrous oxide to treat disorders such as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition that hinders effective breathing when sleeping.
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