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Laughing Gas Sedation

Laughing gas sedation is a popular sedation method for patients who need help in alleviating their stress over dental procedures. Most kids have fear of dentists so they benefit most from this treatment. The advantage of using nitrous oxide as a relaxant over other sedation methods is that it’s easy to administer and it takes effect immediately.

Once you’re under this type of sedation, your London dentist would be able to succeed with the procedure with ease and you would be comfortable until it ends. Another one of its advantages is that it keeps you awake during the treatment. This will help you keep conscious if you have to leave immediately after the appointment. But, you will need your dentist to remove the remaining gas in your system and supply you with oxygen to fully get back on track.

What to expect from laughing gas sedation

If you will have laughing gas sedation, you could expect to experience these side effects. Nevertheless, there’s no need to be alarmed as it’s normal. Most patients who have had the medication will have the following:

Mild headache. Your oxygen levels might go down when you have laughing gas in your system. Your London dentist explains that when your head lacks oxygen, it will trigger a headache. Not to worry as this sensation lasts for a few minutes. If you need to recover quickly, you could keep yourself hydrated with water after the treatment.

Shivering and excessive sweating. This is another normal reaction of the body towards the laughing gas. As laughing gas enters your system, it might affect your senses and may feel a bit too cold or too hot with the surrounding even when it’s not.

The London dentist also gives a heads up about nausea and feeling a bit light-headed after the treatment. All these are quite common and goes away after a few minutes. If you need help to control your anxiety before a dental procedure, consider laughing gas as a sedative and talk with your dentist about it.


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