Fear of dental treatment is among the conventional fears most frequently observed during daily life.
People refrain from dental treatment due to the “needle anxiety”, the sense of shivering caused by the local anesthesia or other similar reasons. All these result in late arrivals to the appointments or interrupted or even incomplete treatment and more importantly, patients can encounter with the fear of losing their teeth.
Conscious Sedation (Inhalation Sedation) is a pain management method commonly used in many medical fields throughout the world.
Conscious Sedation (Inhalation Sedation) is a pain management method commonly used in many medical fields throughout the world. The fear and stress patients experience during dental treatments are replaced by nice and pleasant feelings with this effective and reliable method which can be applied to everyone at all ages.
Commonly known as the “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide has been used widely in dentistry as well, as is the case in many other medical fields for long years. The gas is applied as accompanied by oxygen and has a relaxing and analgesic effect (pain reliever) as long as it is inhaled. Nitrous oxide sedation is a standard implementation for dental treatments, particularly in the United States and in Scandinavian countries.
Its effects can be observed within 2-3 minutes after inhalation. Patients’ anxieties and fears are replaced by a sense of relaxation and calmness.
Required sedation level can easily be adjusted. Your dentist can readily achieve the level most suitable for you.
Nitrous oxide is defined as the safest sedative used in contemporary dentistry. It is a light material, free of toxic effects and is expelled out of the body through natural ways upon completion of treatment. It can be safely used in patients with angina, heart failure and even high blood pressure.
Effects of nitrous oxide completely disappear within 2-3 minutes following cease of gas flow. Nitrous oxide sedation is the only sedation type, effects of which do not continue after the treatment. Patients can drive and continue other daily activities without any interruption.
Before all, nitrous oxide acts as an anxiolytic (odor reducing) agent. Although usually local anesthesia is required, it also has a medium analgesic effect. Due to this characteristic, most patients do not feel any pain during injection, they usually perceive it as a touch. Patients feel relaxed and calm and are not aware how the time passes by because of its amnesic effect. Nausea reflex is usually suppressed. Conscious during the whole treatments, patients can easily communicate with and ask their dentists to stop treatment on patients’ call.
Yes, it can.
If you are afraid of dental treatments, inhalation sedation might be the best option for you and your kids. If you have any questions related to this issue, you can get answers from your dentist and also, share them with us.
Although there is no definite limit regarding this issue, records exists within the literature for treatments of 3-4 hours long.
Contraindications may be observed in patients suffering the below mentioned diseases. COPD patients, persons with alcohol and drug addiction treatment history and suffering from severe emotional disorders, pregnant women, persons on Bleomycin sulphate treatment, in cases of Methylenetetrahydrofolate enzyme insufficiency.
At high dosages, nausea, vomiting, crying, over-laughing and hallucinations can be observed in some patients.
The tooth saved as a result of root canal therapy would continue to help chewing at that particular area.
Service period of a tooth would be longer in case the decay has not gone too deep due to early diagnosis.
When girls reach adolescence, secretion of female hormones, that is namely progesterone and estrogen, would increase.
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