Inhalation sedation with nitrous oxide puts you in a state of relaxation, pleasant daze, euphoria, sense of separation from reality, indifference to the surrounding world. This is achieved though the inhalation of a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen, while maintaining the basic reflexes and awareness.
The patient does not sleep during inhalation sedation – he/she remains conscious, is relaxed, often experiencing positive hallucinations – especially in the case of children. Many adults associate it with the state of slight intoxication; therefore, when describing patients’ feelings during sedation, nitrous oxide is often called „champagne bubbles enclosed in a gas cylinder”. Anaesthesia of the whole body eliminates the feeling of gravity, creates the impression of lightness, floating in the air, flying or swimming.
The ability to use easy and safe form of sedation on patients who are unable to cope with stress in the dentist’s office has generated considerable interest in inhalation sedation with nitrous oxide, also known as the laughing gas.
Thanks to major progress in medicine and pharmacology, it has become possible to completely overcome the fear and pain in the dentist’s office. The key to achieving the ideal state in which the patient does not experience any pain and feels comfortable is inhalation sedation with a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen in combination with local anaesthesia. This patient-friendly and very safe method of fear elimination is especially recommended for children, as they have particularly low tolerance to stress and pain. At the same time they react very well to nitrous oxide – they dream of fabulous adventures, flying or drifting in water, floating in the air, among clouds or in space. The change that can be seen in the behaviour of problematic child patients is simply hard to believe: many young patients are not afraid of seeing the dentist any more. Nitrous oxide is completely safe for children and its effects vanish when its administration stops. Moreover, young patients can pleasantly spend time watching a cartoon of their choice on the screen placed by the chair.
The Wejt & Tawakol Dental Clinic owns a device for administering nitrous oxide with oxygen, which is an indispensable tool in the treatment of stressed-out patients.