Nitrous Oxide

Laughing Gas

Nitrous Oxide is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas which you can breathe.

Nitrous Oxide has been the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years. Nitrous oxide is safe, the patient receives 50-70% oxygen with no less than 30% nitrous oxide.

The patient is able to breathe on their own and remain in control of all bodily functions.

The patient may experience mild amnesia and may fall asleep, not remembering all of what happened during their appointment.

There are many advantages to using 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.

Reasons to not use Nitrous Oxide

You should not utilize nitrous Oxide 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 other difficulties with breathing.

Nitrous Oxide Protocol

You have opted to have your Endodontic Treatment performed with the use of nitrous oxide. This will help ease any anxiety you have regarding your treatment as well as allow your facial muscles to relax so the procedure is more comfortable.

You will not be unconscious for the treatment, but you should feel quite calm and comfortable.

We ask that you follow these instructions:

Do not eat solid foods or drink any fluids for a minimum of 2 hours prior to your appointment. Food in your stomach may cause vomiting during or after the procedure.

Take your usual medications with a sip of water. If you are a diabetic, taking steroids, aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medications, please discuss this with our office.

For your safety, equipment will be used to monitor your vital signs during the root canal procedure. This will include a pulse oximeter attached to your finger and a blood pressure cuff on your arm. Please remove any nail polish (artificial nails, etc.) from your fingernails on your left hand and wear a short sleeved shirt.

It is advisable that you wear loose fitting clothing to this appointment.

If you are coughing or are congested within 48 hours of your appointment, please contact our office. This may not allow us to proceed as planned.

Following treatment you will be able to resume your daily routine. You do not require a driver for this appointment.

Please note: after hours care can be acquired by calling our office at 519-579-8381. Be sure to leave a message including your name and contact information.