The most commonly employed technique used in conscious sedation dentistry is inhalation sedation with nitrous oxide and oxygen (N20-02) or "laughing gas". The goal sought when laughing gas is used is to eliminate dental anxiety, making the patient more comfortable while Dr. Arnold is able to more effectively complete the planned dental care procedure while the patient is sedated.
Nitrous Oxide inhalation sedation is highly effective in the management of mild to moderate levels of dental anxiety. It also is an excellent technique in persons who are extreme gagers; laughing gas usually eliminates or minimizes gagging in most patients.
Nitrous Oxide is highly recommended for apprehensive patients who have medical problems such as angina pectoris, persons who have had a heart attack, or persons with high blood pressure, asthma or epilepsy.