Is Sedated Dentistry for You?
Because it is a mild sedative, patients are still conscious and can talk to their pediatric dentist during their visit. After treatment, the nitrous is turned off and oxygen is administered for five to 10 minutes to help flush away any remaining gas. The effects wear off almost immediately. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects, although some patients may experience minor nausea and constipation. Your pediatric dentist will provide you with pre- and post-sedation instructions.
Read more about the Guidelines on Use of Nitrous Oxide Sedation for Pediatric Dental Patients published by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry here to learn more.