What is Inhalation Sedation?
It is a behaviour modification technique that employs a sedative gas (nitrous oxide, also known as ‘Laughing Gas’) and oxygen to help patients cope with fear and anxiety and cooperate with dental treatment. Your best dentist for inhalation sedation in Dublin.
Who Could Be Sedated?
Patients with mild to moderate anxiety who are unable to cope are the best candidates for inhalation sedation. Intravenous sedation is recommended for dental patients who have moderate to severe anxiety.
Inhalation sedation is also beneficial for people who have a strong gag reflex. It is also beneficial for children who do not understand how to cooperate in the delivery of dental care. Because it does not require injections, inhalation sedation is ideal for patients who are afraid of needles.
Why Use Inhalation Sedation?
This type of sedation helps patients cope better with dental treatment and relieves stress and anxiety, reducing the need for more advanced pharmacological intravenous sedation or general anaesthesia (hospital based).
It is an extremely useful tool in the behavioral management of the phobic patient because it aids in the desensitization process. Because the patient does not lose consciousness during treatment, he or she is able to confront his or her dental phobia.
Inhalation sedation can also provide some supplementary analgesia in cases where numbing the teeth with a local anaesthetic alone is problematic or insufficient.
Is it Safe?
It is critical to conduct a thorough pre-sedation evaluation. Prior to your assessment appointment, we will ask you to complete a medical history form and will discuss any specific concerns with you.
In general, dental treatment under Nitrous Oxide inhalation sedation is a safe technique because it maintains consistently high levels of oxygen throughout treatment (at least 30% oxygen is administered when the atmospheric air contains only 21% oxygen). In addition, we will monitor and record your vital signs throughout your treatment.