6 Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
If you suffer from a fear of the dentist, inhalation sedation or “laughing gas” could be a sedation dentistry solution for you to consider. Here are 6 of the advantages of this mild and temporary form of sedation dentistry.
The depth of sedation can be adjusted as needed.
Due to the quick uptake and effect of laughing gas, your dentist can adjust your level of sedation quickly as well. Other sedation techniques, such as oral sedation take a longer period of time to take effect and therefore don’t allow for this.
It is a very flexible sedation dentistry treatment method. With laughing gas, it’s easy to give incremental doses until the desired action is obtained. Also, it can easily be switched off entirely when not needed and then switched on again if there is any further need.
There’s no after effect.
The gas is eliminated from the body within 3 to 5 minutes after the gas supply is stopped. You can safely drive home and don’t need an escort.
No injection is required.
Most people who harbor fears of the dentist also have fears about needles. Laughing gas is easy to administer and requires no needles. In cases of very severe needle phobia, getting laughing gas first can help you feel relaxed enough to allow the needle required for IV sedation.
It is a very safe form of sedation.
It has very few side effects and the drugs used have no ill effects on the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, or brain.
Effective at minimizing severe gagging.
Inhalation sedation has been found to be very effective in eliminating or at least minimizing severe gagging.
Despite all the benefits of laughing gas as a sedation dentistry treatment option, many dental clinics do not offer it. To offer it, training is required, the equipment is takes up space and the cost of the equipment and gases is high.
Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group is proud to offer inhalation sedation to our patients despite the above mentioned barriers. We strive to make you feel as comfortable as possible during your dental visits to our clinic and offering laughing gas is part of our effort to serve you and all of your family’s dental needs. Please read more about sedation dentistry at Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group on our website.
We look forward to seeing you and invite you to call to book an appointment today!