Inhalation sedation device

Many patients still have a fear of visiting a dental practice. In such situations, laughing gas comes in handy. Thanks to our inhalation sedation device, you won't even get nervous, and there will surely be a lot of laughing and smiling during the appointment. Inhalation sedation is a modern and entirely safe process, the objective of which is to calm down the patient before a dental procedure. It is now recognised as one of the most effective methods of dealing with the fear that accompanies both adults and children. Laughing gas reduces the patient's consciousness in a controlled manner, thus reducing the sense of pain and ensuring the elimination of anxiety. This gas is a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. A special mask is put on the patient's face. A dose of the gas, which is adjusted to the patient's reaction, is administered through the nose. Meanwhile, the patient relaxes. The doctor, on the other hand, can freely anaesthetise the client and begin the treatment. During the procedure, constant contact with the patient is maintained, which is crucial for safety reasons.

You should know that one of the main fields of medicine in which laughing gas is used is indeed dentistry. It was first used for this purpose in 1884 by Horace Wells during a tooth extraction. The most interesting thing is that he performed this procedure on himself. To this day, dentists eagerly use laughing gas, especially when working with hyperactive individuals (ADHD) or children over the age of 3. Using laughing gas is beneficial especially in children with asthma, epilepsy or with other diseases in which a stress-induced attack may occur. Children are especially prone to daydreaming during sedation, and thus they remember an appointment with a dentist as great fun.

How should laughing gas be used?

Although the gas is safe, the use of inhalation sedation during a dental appointment requires taking specific safety measures. Prior to the treatment with the use of N2O, we carry out a qualification in terms of age and obtain a thorough health history of the patient. Please note that one should not eat 2-3 hours before administering laughing gas. As to children, they should be observed throughout the whole day of the treatment. Adults, in turn, do not require specific safety measures. Drinking alcohol is forbidden after the treatment with laughing gas. However, if you come to our practice by car, it does not constitute a problem. Laughing gas is rapidly eliminated by the lungs, and after about 30 minutes it is completely removed from your system. Over time, in people who are sedated, the need to use it disappears and the fear of visiting the dentist is overcome.

Contraindications to the use of laughing gas

Laughing gas is a safe agent, but there are certain contraindications to its use. The most important include:
- multiple sclerosis,
- pulmonary emphysema,
- mental disorders,
- alcoholism,
- porphyria,
- cold and obstruction of the upper respiratory tract,
- tonsillar hypertrophy,
- obstructive pulmonary diseases,
- the use of laughing gas is not recommended for pregnant women (especially in the first trimester).