Can I use nitrous oxide?

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Nitrous oxide is a good choice for most people. Reactions are rare, and when they do occur, they are mild. If you have had nitrous oxide in the past and reacted poorly, we will look for another sedation choice for you. 

Nausea is sometimes associated with nitrous oxide, but this can usually be alleviated by adjusting the dose. If you think you might be prone to nausea, plan to have a small meal about four hours before your appointment. We're very careful to keep the dose at an appropriate level, so nausea is actually quite rare in our office. 

If you happen to feel claustrophobic with something over your nose or you can't breathe through your nose for any reason, then nitrous oxide won't be a good option for you since the mask needs to fit securely over your nose and the gas must be breathed in through the nose. 

It's rare, but some people simply don't respond to nitrous oxide. If at any point during your procedure you feel uncomfortable, please raise your hand to signal us that something is wrong. We'll stop work immediately and check on you. We want you to have a comfortable experience at AZ Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. 

Also let us know if you feel light-headed or dizzy. A euphoric sensation is common (and is what gives nitrous oxide its other well-known names of "laughing gas" or "happy gas"), but you shouldn't feel dizzy or experience a sensation of vertigo. 

Please let us know your concerns about nitrous oxide so that we can address them and make sure you get the care you need during your treatment with us. 

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