Advantages of Nitrous Oxide

  • The depth of sedation can be altered at any time to increase or decrease sedation
  • There is no after effect such as a “hangover”
  • Inhalation sedation is safe with no side effects on your heart and lungs, etc.
  • Inhalation sedation is very effective in minimizing gagging
  • It works rapidly as it reaches the brain within 20 seconds
  • In as little as 2-3 minutes its relaxation and pain killing properties develop

Who is Nitrous Oxide not recommended for?

You should not have Nitrous Oxide sedation if you have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Though there are no other major contraindications to using nitrous oxide, you may not want to use it if you have emphysema, exotic chest problems, M.S., a cold or another breathing difficulty.

Will Nitrous Oxide make me loopy?

Nitrous Oxide is designed to make you feel relaxed and calm throughout your procedure. Some patients report mild light-headedness, slight hallucinations and uncontrollable laughter (hence the name – laughing gas).

It’s important to remember that the effects will differ for each individual patient, although most patients simply experience a feeling of calmness and relaxation.

Can I drive after having Nitrous Oxide?

You can drive after having Nitrous Oxide, however we recommend waiting in our waiting room until you feel alert enough to drive. As it is a mild anesthesia, you may still want to find a ride home to be safe.

You may want to ask your dentist for a “5-minute trial” to see how you feel with this type of sedation method before proceeding.

Contact Curtis Couch about sedation dentistry

If you’re afraid of the dentist, or having an invasive dental surgery, then please inquire about our Nitrous Oxide sedation.

We can help you feel comfortable and relaxed in the dental chair, so please contact us online or calling on 805-497-8077 to ask questions or book an appointment.

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If you have any questions or would like to book in, please call our team today. Dr. Curtis Couch and the team look forward to seeing you soon.

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