Inhalation sedation

This is one of three forms of sedation dentistry which are administered to patients, especially nervous patients or those suffering from dental phobia.

There are people who find it difficult to relax whilst at the dentist’s; have a medical condition such as Parkinson’s disease which affects their co-ordination; or have a severe gag reflex.

Inhalation sedation is one of several options. Other types of sedation include oral sedation and IV sedation. A general anaesthetic is another option but is much less used than before due to the higher risks associated with this.

This and other types of sedation affect the nervous system of the body which results in a pleasant, warm, drowsy feeling. You will be conscious and relaxed throughout the treatment but will find that you are unable to recall much about your treatment.

This is similar to a form of amnesia which wears off very quickly compared to oral sedatives which take several hours to ease. 

What is inhalation sedation?

This involves the use of nitrous oxide which is more commonly known as ‘laughing gas’. It is a mixture of gas and air which is colourless and has a pleasant aroma. This gas takes effect within 5 minutes and causes a warm, fuzzy feeling.

Effects of inhalation sedation

Many people enter a state of euphoria from inhaling nitrous oxide.

Some people fall asleep after inhaling this gas and are unable to remember much about their treatment. The effects take hold very quickly and disappear just as quickly. This is why it is a popular form of sedation with a great many dentists.

It is also a form of pain relief although the extent of this varies from one person to the next.

This is an ideal form of medication for anyone with a fear of needles and injections.

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