Nitrous Oxide in Old Tappan

Sedation (nitrous oxide) for dental procedures

Nitrous oxide is a gas, and is commonly known as happy gas or laughing gas. Giving nitrous oxide is a way to help reduce a patient’s pain and anxiety during dental treatment. The gas is given through a small nosepiece, and patients will be awake throughout the procedure. Patients usually recover quickly from the effects of the gas after their dental treatment has been completed. During the procedure, nitrous oxide sedation is given in the dental chair. The patient will breathe the sedation gas through a small nosepiece that sits on their nose. It does not cover their mouth.

The nitrous oxide makes patients feel sleepy and relaxed. Patients will still be aware of what is happening around them, but will feel dreamy and floaty, warm, and have tingling in their hands and feet. They may be a little forgetful, and might not be able to remember the procedure afterwards.

While giving the nitrous oxide, staff will monitor the patient’s level of sedation to ensure that they can still cooperate and follow verbal instructions.

The dental treatment will be carried out. Local anesthesia injections may also be given so that the patient doesn’t feel pain.

After the procedure, the patient will recover from the effects of the nitrous oxide very quickly once their dental treatment has been completed. They will be observed for a brief period following the procedure.

photo of dentist placing nitrous oxide delivery on patient prior to treatment

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