February 28, 2013

Take the edge off with nitrous oxide

Relax, and Take the Edge Off

Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) is used in dentistry as an adjunct to anesthesia.  It is a gas you can breathe through a mask, colorless, with a slight smell, and works quickly and leaves the body just as quickly.  It is not an anesthetic--it is an analgesic, because it raises your pain threshold in addition to creating relaxation or a pleasurable feeling.  The device in our office is a fail-safe device, allowing a gas mixture that is always at lease 70% oxygen. It is very safe and has no ill effects on the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys or brain. Usually nitrous oxide delivery is titrated--gradually increased until a comfortable level is reached, so that oversedation is not a problem. It can be just enough to "take the edge off " and make your dental experience more manageable.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., 
Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics
(661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com
5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309 (map)

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