Nitrous oxide sedation refers to the administration of laughing gas to patients to alleviate pain during oral surgery procedures. The nitrous oxide is considered a weak agent and may not be substituted for the more potent agents required in extremely anxious clients. There are many advantages associated with this agent to a patient.
Inhalation and sedation procedures
The gas is administered by the use of a comfortable mask which is placed on the nose. The patient is then instructed to inhale the gas through the nose and exhale through the mouth. The dentist gradually releases the agent with a combination of oxygen to the patient. This agent reaches the human brain within 20 seconds. The effects are then felt within a few seconds.
Purpose for the sedation
Both the dentist and the patient benefit from this kind of treatment administration. The reasons for the sedation include the following.
- The gas reduces fatigue, especially during lengthy procedures.
- To avoid loss of time during the surgery
- To alter the reaction of a patient towards such proceedings.
Advantages of Nitrous Oxide sedation
Nitrous oxide has multiple advantages when compared to other types of agents used for the same process. Some of the benefits of such an agent include the following:
- 1. It is a non-irritating agent for the patients.
2. The agent has a sweet smell that does not irritate the patient during the procedure.
3. Along with it being a sedative, it can be used as a pain killer because it reduces pain in the gums.
4. Rapid induction and rapid recovery. The gas can be easily and quickly administered, and does not take long to leave the human body.
Most dental practitioners find the agent useful for any Nitrous oxide client who may be fearful in such procedures. The effect of such a gas is also remarkable in most dental surgery procedures. Therefore, choosing such a disposition remains significant in many hospitals.