Laughing gas Sedation at M&G Family Dentistry

At M&G Family Dentistry, our dentist preform Laughing gas Sedation to all ages.

Laughing gas is a colorless, odorless to sweet-smelling inorganic gas that was first used in surgical and dental anesthesia in the mid-1800s.

Today, the combination of inhaled Laughing gas and oxygen, when used appropriately, can be a safe and effective means of managing pain and anxiety in dentistry. Referred to as “conscious sedation,” “relative analgesia,” or “Laughing gas-oxygen sedation,” inhaled Laughing gas-oxygen is the most used gaseous anesthetic in the world and a 2007 survey by the ADA estimated that 70% of dental practices using any form of sedation employed Laughing gas-oxygen sedation.

  • The combination of inhaled Laughing gas and oxygen is a safe and effective means of managing pain and anxiety in dentistry, when used appropriately.
  • There is an inherent safety margin for the proper administration of Laughing gas-oxygen sedation.
  • It helps reduce anxiety, discomfort, and pain during certain procedures.
  • It produces a very mild form of sedation.
  • Effects are reversible within few minutes after 2-5 minutes of pure oxygen inhalation.
  • Patient will still be conscious, responsive during procedure but may not remember it afterwards.

Sedation Dentistry Risks & Disadvantages

  • Laughing gas sedation is usually safe and predictable if administered correctly by an experienced dentist and the patient is monitored closely throughout the procedure.
  • However, there is always a risk in getting any form of sedation.

  • Certain conditions such as : Digestive problems or hepatic disease ,lung diseases, COPD or obstructive sleep apnea , mental or psychiatric problems……..others, may complicate any type of sedation and make it unsafe.
  • Human Biological variability: makes everyone reacts differently to sedating medication and the different types of medications that are used. With some people, it may take just a little bit of medication for them to fall asleep and wake up and not remember anything, while other patients may take the medication, not feel anything at all, but be awake for the entire procedure. Still other people might need more medication to be sedated enough to relieve their anxiety, and then it is up to the dentist and his/her staff to monitor that patient very closely and even with close monitoring, things can go very, very wrong.
  • Sedation can be very costly because most insurances do not cover it entirely , in addition to the equipment’s, medication, preparations, staff and dentist training and time involved.

To find out more about Dentistry with Laughing gas Sedation schedule an appointment today with our Dentist at M&G Family dentistry.

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