1. Is Nitrous Oxide safe to use on children?
The Australian Dental Board states that Nitrous Oxide is considered generally acceptable and safe to use on children. Many children show enthusiasm for using the gas and report feeling a tingling or warming sensation. The laughing gas can help expedite procedures that are not particularly uncomfortable but require the child not to move for extended periods.
2. Does Nitrous Oxide make you laugh?
Contrary to its name, laughing gas does not necessarily make you laugh. The nitrous oxide slows down your nervous system to make you feel less inhibited. You may feel light-headed, tingly, or even heaviness in your arms or legs. Ultimately, you should be calm and comfortable throughout the procedure. You might even giggle a time or two.
3. Will I develop any side- effects from the gas?
Though some of the commonly listed side effects from the gas are headaches, sleepiness, sweating, shivering and nausea; most patients do not experience any reactions to laughing gas. The dentist administers and controls the nitrous oxide levels as to keep you comfortable and relaxed throughout the procedure.
4. Can I eat normally before the procedure?
Patients are requested to eat something light an hour or two before the procedure, as a big meal just before the procedure may cause vomiting or nausea.
5. What is Laughing Gas Used For?
Our dentists at Cairns Dental Boutique recommend the use of nitrous oxide for patients with the following indications:
Patients who are fearful, anxious, or uncooperative
Patients with special health care needs
Patients with gag reflexes that interfere with dental care
Patients who do not respond adequately to local anaesthesia
Younger patients who must undergo lengthy dental procedures
6. Who Shouldn’t Use Laughing Gas?
While nitrous oxide is considered a safe and effective sedative, it might not be the right choice for you. Please let our staff and the dentist know if you have any of the following conditions:
- currently in the first trimester of pregnancy
- a history of respiratory illnesses like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- a vitamin B-12 deficiency
- a history of substance abuse
- an enzyme condition methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase deficiency
- a history of mental health conditions
Laughing gas can be a useful tool for easing anxiety and pain during dental procedures. If you think you might benefit from using nitrous oxide for your next appointment, call Cairns Dental Boutique on 40323236 and book an appointment to see one of their friendly and helpful dentists or visit their website.
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