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June 1, 2016

Nitrous Oxide available for your patients

Nitrous oxide (N2O) conscious sedation is now available for your patients at Australian Dental Specialists. It is also commonly referred to as ‘happy gas’, and can help anxious patients feel relaxed during their visits.

Dr Horace Wells introduced nitrous oxide to dentistry, back in 1844. It was first used as an analgesic, but in modern dentistry it is primarily utilised for its anxiolytic effects.
Nitrous oxide lowers pain sensation and anxiety, and ensures a person is comfortable during treatment. The patient is still able to hear and respond to requests. A small hood is placed over the nose and the patient is encouraged to breathe normally through the nose. A warm tingling feeling may be felt in the arms and legs, with a widespread sense of calmness and comfort. The effects of nitrous oxide wear-off soon after the mask is removed and the patient can carry on with the rest of their day.
The advantages of nitrous oxide conscious sedation include:

  • Anxious patients of all ages can tolerate dental treatment with ease
  • The effects are short-term and the person is back to normal soon after the appointment
  • It is safe for all but the most severely compromised patients

Conscious sedation with nitrous oxide is one of the services we provide at the Australian Dental Specialists. We strive to make every patient feel comfortable while in our care. Please consider our office for the endodontic care of your patients, even those that profess a strong aversion to root canal treatment.  In the case, that nitrous oxide sedation is not suitable for a patient we also offer ‘twilight dentistry’ or IV sedation services.

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