Is Nitrous Oxide Safe if I'm Having a Lengthy Dental Procedure?

Over one-third of people in the United States fear dental treatment. If you’re among them, it’s time to consider nitrous oxide sedation.

Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is administered through a mask you wear over your mouth and nose. As you breathe it in, your mind and body become deeply relaxed.

Our expert team at Swinney Dental in Tyler, Texas, is pleased to offer nitrous oxide to keep you comfortable and anxiety-free throughout your care.

Let’s take a closer look at this sedation option, including its safety during lengthy procedures.

How nitrous oxide works

Nitrous oxide is a nonflammable and colorless gas mixed with oxygen to provide soothing effects. As a depressant, this mixture slows your bodily systems down. 

Nitrous oxide can be used on its own or paired with other sedatives to provide minimal, moderate, or deep sedation during dental procedures. It starts working faster than other sedatives. Post-treatment, it leaves your body quickly, too.

While nitrous oxide is active, you might feel mildly euphoric, light-headed, giggly, heavy, or daydreamy and relaxed. Many people forget the specifics of their procedure thanks to nitrous oxide. You might leave our office feeling as though you took a light nap.

Nitrous oxide safety

Nitrous oxide is generally considered safe and effective for people of all ages, including children, as long as a professional provides and monitors it. Only about 5% of people experience side effects, such as nausea, afterward. Avoiding heavy meals immediately after your treatment helps reduce nausea. Other potential side effects include headaches, fatigue, and shivering. 

Nitrous oxide can be safely used for short and lengthy dental procedures. It doesn’t raise any risks for your heart or lung health, and you won’t experience hangover-like effects. So whether you’re having a tooth pulled or more invasive surgery, we may recommend it.

Good candidates for nitrous oxide sedation

You're probably a good candidate as long as you’re in generally good health and aren't allergic to nitrous oxide. Experiencing dental anxiety or wishing to avoid significant anesthesia side effects are also signs that this type of sedation will help you get the dental care you need.

Our team may advise against nitrous oxide if you have emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), multiple sclerosis (MS), or a cold at the time of your treatment.

To learn more about nitrous oxide sedation or get the dental care you need, call Swinney Dental today. You can also schedule an appointment using our convenient online booking feature.

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