Nitrous Oxide has been used as a sedative since ancient times. It is also known as ‘laughing gas’ because the one inhaling it feels a sense of extreme pleasure owing to calming of the nervous system. This is used during extraction of the tooth so the patient does not feel the pain. However, it is not always foolproof for some patients are resistant and requires higher doses. Furthermore, the patient is still conscious when nitrous oxide is administered. Chloroform based sedatives are used as a stronger supplement to nitrous oxide and inhaler machines today use a combination of both to administer to patients.
World Dental provides nitrous oxide sedation for patents who are extremely afraid of vising a dentist. Nitrous oxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is also non-allergic and does not cause any irritation. It affects the central nervous system and helps in sedating the patient. This kind of sedation is one of the safest kinds of sedation available with the dentists. Very few patients have reported minor side effects. Most of the time, you will find nitrous oxide taking its effect within three to five minutes of administering it. After treatment has taken place, the effect of this gas can be reversed within three to five minutes by breathing in a normal way.