Gas always seems to be a big topic of discussion. Over the past few years the price at the pumps has seen some major fluctuations. Currently the price is at a level that is generally accepted by the public (but lower prices are always welcome!). It’s remarkable that the price of gas can have such an impact on our everyday lives; at its highest points, many people actually made the decision to keep their vehicles parked at home and start using public transportation. It’s hard to get a good read on the future of gas costs as they are constantly changing, but one thing is for sure: there is a large need for gas.
In the dental world there is a need for gas as well, but a different kind altogether. Sedation dentistry is a common practice at Ottawa dental offices such as the Merivale Dental Centre. Having the option of sedation during a dental procedure exists to help ease an anxious patient and also reduce the amount of pain they may be feeling. Nitrous Oxide, or ‘laughing gas’ as it is more commonly known, is a safe, colourless and odourless sedative method that has proven itself to be very effective. The gas is given to the patient prior to the procedure, via a mask that fits comfortably over the nose.
Ever wonder why it’s called laughing gas? When administered by an Ottawa dental professional in their office prior to a procedure, it’s understood that upon inhalation of the gas, the body is overcome with a certain blissful feeling that essentially makes everything seem funnier. However, if nitrous oxide is ever over consumed, the results can be very dangerous which is no laughing matter.
Is nitrous oxide the right choice for you?
Your Ottawa dental professional sure thinks it is! Since oxygen is one of the components in laughing gas and the amounts that are administered during a procedure are limited, it is seen as a very safe and beneficial option for those who are susceptible to pain and/or are anxious about having a dental procedure done.
There are always risks when it comes to sedation so make sure to talk to your Ottawa dental professional about any questions or concerns you may have.