Nitous Oxide - "Laughing Gas"


    Nitrous Oxide , better know as laughing gas, has been used safely in sedation dentistry since the mid 1800's. This is because it is the most effective and practical anesthesia treatment available. Sedation dentistry is a safe, effective treatment option that Premier Dental Care that Dr. Powers can provide. The majority of patients not only respond well to nitrous oxide, but enjoy the benefit of no lingering sedation after the procedure. The effects wear off very quickly. The patient has a mask placed over their nose, while laying on their back in the chair - the patient breaths normally receiving oxygen and nitrous simultaneously. The amount of nitrous oxide is about 30% usually (with 50-70% Oxygen), but can be increased or decreased to meet individual needs. Dr. Powers can offer patients a sample period, of about 5 minutes, to determine how a patient responds to the gas. If necessary, Dr. Powers can lower or raise the amount of nitrous that the patient receives, even during procedures - ensuring the appropriate level of sedation.

    Dr. Powers at Premier Dental Care, offers sedation dentistry as a means to promote relaxation and keep patients comfortable during their dental procedures. Premier Dental Care can promise patients the following benefits:

    - Nitrous Oxide helps provide a stress-free and comfortable procedure
    - Post-procedure is manageable for the patient, as he/she will not experience disorientation or hangover effects.
    - Nitrous Oxide is non-offensive to patients, but rather, a sweet-smelling, smooth, and cool sensation.
    - The levels of nitrous can be adjusted by Dr. Birckhead & Dr. Powers to meet individual needs.
    - Nitrous Oxide is completely safe, with no negative effects on the heart or lungs.
    - Sedation occurs rapidly and is fast-acting, allowing patients quick comfort during their procedure
    - The effects of Nitrous Oxide also diminish quickly, with no residual effects to the patient.

    Dr. Powers has extensive knowledge and experience using nitrous oxide for sedation.  Although for the majority of patients there are no complications associated with the use of nitrous oxide , patients with emphysema, COPD, or breathing problems may need to avoid nitrous sedation. If you have any concerns, Dr. Powers can offer a 5 minute trial period, allowing patients to decide for themselves if this sedation method meets their needs.