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Laughing gas

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The administration of laughing gas is a new, friendly and safe method of fighting the stress and pain associated with visiting a dentist's office. Patients suffering from stress before visiting the dentist, who experience panic fear that makes dental treatment impossible, thanks to inhalation sedation will completely get rid of these unpleasant sensations. This method allows you to ensure and achieve full psychological comfort and overcome pain.

The laughing gas is a mixture of nitrous oxide (N2O) and oxygen (O2), which induces a state of physical relaxation and pleasant peace, while maintaining the patient's full awareness. Calming is obtained by inhaling odorless oxygen gas with a scented nose mask in the available scent of strawberries, orange, raspberry, vanilla or bubble gum. The patient feels neither fear nor anxiety. Often, especially children and adolescents, fall asleep dreaming about fabulous adventures connected with swimming, flying or drifting in water, in the air, in clouds or in space. A patient who falls asleep during the procedure does not remember its course.
 

Laughing gas has been used in medicine and dentistry for a long time. This method was developed and refined in the United States and is very popular there. It is practically difficult to find a surgery in the USA that does not use this method. It appeared in Poland only in 1995. However, it is becoming more and more popular.

The use of laughing gas (nitrous oxide) is a harmless and effective way of coping with anxiety for children and adults who feel a strong fear of dental treatment or injection (anesthesia). The laughing gas, in addition to a marked improvement in well-being, also has an anesthetic effect, thanks to which small fillings or descaling can be performed without injection, during the operation of the laughing gas.

The laughing gas stops working just a few minutes after the device is turned off.

Most people who have used inhalation sedation are no longer afraid of the next visits to the dentist and will be happy to come back for another appointments.

Indications for the use of N2O / O2 inhalation sedation

Strong fear of any treatment;
Strong fear of pricks, both in children and adults;
Strong gag reflex;
Nervous hyperactivity;
Long, monotonous or particularly unpleasant surgical and prosthetic procedures, jaw impressions in people with strong– gag reflex;
Plaque removal;
Opening a tooth with gangrenous pulp decay;
Development of initial caries;
Medical conditions for which inhalation sedation is indicated as the method of choice:
Asthma – N2O does not irritate the respiratory system. Reducing stress reduces the risk of an attack. The breathing mix administered to the patient contains approx. 60% of oxygen. This improves the breathing efficiency and the patient's well-being;
Epilepsy – reducing stress reduces the risk of an attack;
Heart diseases – no clear effect of N2O on the cardiovascular system. The patient receives an increased concentration of oxygen (approx. 60%). The pulse oximeter readings show then approx. 100% more oxygen reaches the coronary vessels. In addition, the need for oxygen does not increase due to the lack of stress.
Hypertension of the blood– No effect of N2O on the vascular system. Reducing anxiety and stress prevents unexpected increases in blood pressure during the procedure;
Haemophilia–thanks to the use of N2O, the need for a needle stick can be avoided in some cases.

Contraindications for the use of N2O / O2 sedation

Eating a large meal before sedation;
Colds, adenoid hypertrophy in the pharynx – upper respiratory tract obstruction;
First trimester of pregnancy;
Cmental disorders;
Multiple sclerosis, porphyria, myasthenia gravis;
Bronchiectasis, emphysema;
Alcoholism;
Patient's lack of cooperation.

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