Pros And Cons Of Nitrous Oxide Compared To IV Sedation

So, if nitrous oxide wears off so swiftly, why is it not a better method for sedating a patient that has to undergo dental surgery? You would think that something that allows patients to return to a normal state within minutes of the completion of a procedure would be a much preferable way to sedate patients. While this may be true in some instances, there are pros and cons to both methods of sedation.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, sometimes known as laughing gas, is a gas that you inhale throughout the procedure in small quantities. Usually, the patient will wear a mask, and through this mask will flow two different kinds of gases; nitrous oxide, and oxygen. These two gases will cause the patient to feel more at ease during the procedure.

A few of the upsides of nitrous oxide include:

The downsides are:

IV Sedation

IV sedation is exactly what it sounds like; your dentist will sedate you with the use of a sedative delivered intravenously. This sedative will put you in a ‘twilight sleep’, or it may put you to sleep altogether. In doing this, you will be likely to have little, if any, memory of the procedure.

A few positives of IV sedation include:

The downsides are:

Which is better for you is something that you will need to discuss with your dentist. If you have a lot of anxiety concerning dental work, it may be better for you to look into IV sedation. Otherwise, you may be just fine with the nitrous oxide.

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