Is Nitrous Oxide Safe?
Yes, nitrous oxide is safe as long as the patient follows pre- and post-op instructions. Before using nitrous oxide, patients should tell their dentists about any drugs, supplements, or herbs they are taking. Patients should also tell their dentists about any respiratory conditions they have, such as asthma, COPD, or sleep apnea.
Within a few minutes of inhaling nitrous oxide, patients should feel the effects of the gas. It relaxes them and puts them at ease. It also wears off quickly once the patient stops inhaling it.
Benefits of Nitrous Oxide
Minimally Invasive Procedure
Nitrous oxide is administered through a mask that fits over the patient’s nose and, within minutes, the patient will feel relaxed. It does not need needles, which would worsen some patients’ anxieties and fears.
In addition to relaxing patients, nitrous oxide is also administered to reduce pain associated with dental procedures. Patients who suffer from dental anxiety often need multiple anesthetic injections and, subsequently, may experience more pain than patients who don’t experience dental anxiety.