Sedation dentistry is one of the most popular topics in the dental world, but it’s also often surrounded by numerous misconceptions. It’s time we clear things up by explaining five common misconceptions about sedation dentistry and what you need to know to have a successful treatment. So, let’s get started.
What is NITROUS OXIDE?
NITROUS OXIDE is a gas that is often used medically for general anesthesia, but it’s also routinely used for pediatric dentistry. It’s a fast-acting gas that takes approximately five minutes to work, allowing for intentional sedation for a short time. NITROUS OXIDE is an FDA-approved patient anesthetic and approved dental sedation agent in the European Union.
Common Myths about NITROUS OXIDE
Here are the 6 common myths about Nitrous oxide:
MYTH #1: NITROUS OXIDE CAUSES HEROIN-LIKE ADDICTION
To understand why NITROUS OXIDE is not addictive, you need to know that it’s not addictive. It’s true that NITROUS OXIDE is rapidly metabolized in the hand, lungs, and liver into nitrites, potentially harmful if inhaled for long periods or in high concentration. These nitrates are not addictive.
Nitrous oxide also called ‘laughing gas’, will only make you feel more relaxed during the treatment.
MYTH #2: IT MAKES YOU GIGGLY
Nitrous oxide is also called ‘laughing gas,’ which is why many people think it makes you laugh or giggle. NITROUS OXIDE is not a laughing gas, and it’s simply a relaxing gas that makes you feel more comfortable.
MYTH #3: IT DOESN’T WORK FOR ALL AGES
If you have your first dental visit, your dentist might recommend a specific sedation option that’s right for your age and stage of life. A common myth about NITROUS OXIDE is that it doesn’t work for everyone. In fact, NITROUS OXIDE is an effective way to reduce anxiety and help you relax during dental treatment for both kids and adults both.
MYTH #4: IT TAKES A LONG TIME BEFORE ITS EFFECTS WEAR OFF
Many people think that when dentists stop administering laughing gas, it stays within your system for a long period. However, that is not true. Typically, Nitrous oxide takes 15 minutes to a half-hour to wear off completely. So, it is pretty safe to use for dental treatments.
MYTH #5: LAUGHING GAS IS NOT SAFE FOR KIDS
People often think that laughing gas is not safe for kids. However, laughing gas is safe for adults and children, who can safely use it to be more comfortable during their dental treatment. In fact, kids can also safely use nitrous oxide to help them relax during their dental treatment.
MYTH #6: IT IS SAFE FOR EVERYONE
Another common myth about laughing gas is that people think it is safe for everyone. That is not true. Nitrous oxide sedation is safe for most people and can help others feel more comfortable during dental treatment.
However, anyone who experiences asthma, COPD, respiratory issues, or other lung or heart conditions might not be able to use laughing gas because of the risk of an adverse event. Also, doctors do not recommend Nitrous oxide for pregnant women.
So it is important to consult your dentist before you start laughing gas to avoid any dangerous side effects. If you want to learn more about nitrous oxide sedation before dental treatments, get in touch with Dr. Yasmin.
Visit Dr. Yasmin for Kids Dental Treatment using Nitrous Oxide
Do you or your kids feel dental anxiety during dental procedures? Do you have a sensitive gag reflex, trouble sitting through long procedures, or low pain tolerance? If yes, laughing gas sedation is best to calm your nerves. At Dr. Yasmin, we offer nitrous oxide and general anesthesia sedation. So, if you have any other questions about our dental sedation and nitrous oxide services, please feel free to contact us at +971505787664.