For many patients with dentophobia, conscious sedation with nitrous oxide or tranquilizers is an ideal complement to local anaesthesia.
Commonly known as “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide has had a long successful history of use in medicine and dentistry where it has been proven to be extremely effective and safe.
This sedation method offers 3 benefits:
- relief of the pain
- the reduction of the anxiety
- a decrease of the nausea state
This sedative is able to help eliminate anxiety, thus helping to improve local anaesthesia. It removes the notion of time, eliminates noises and unpleasant sensations, therefore giving you the possibility of facing dental care in a state of comfort and absolute relaxation.
It is especially recommended for patients with dentophobia. The patient remains conscious and feels no pain. It just creates a temporary lack of orientation, but the patient can still communicate and co-operate with the dentist during the intervention.
This pain management protocol is practised in our dental office, which is less onerous to set up than general anaesthesia which requires hospitalisation.