Nitrous Oxide or “laughing gas”
The purpose of conscious sedation is to produce a state of relaxation and/or pain relief by using benzodiazepine-type and narcotic medications, to facilitate performing a procedure such as a biopsy, radiologic imaging study, endoscopic procedure, radiation therapy, or bone marrow aspiration.
Inhalation sedation with nitrous oxide and oxygen (N20-02) or “laughing gas” is used is to eliminate dental anxiety or dental phobia, making the patient more comfortable while Dr. Musa is able to more effectively complete the planned dental care procedure while the patient is sedated.
Depending on the extent of the anxiety or phobia, varying degrees of dental sedation can be utilized, including conscious sedation with sedatives, inhalation nitrous oxide sedation, and intravenous (IV) sedation. These sedation dentistry techniques enable patients – who might otherwise avoid the dentist – to receive dental treatment necessary for a healthy smile.