Many of us know nitrous oxide as Laughing Gas, but did you know it has been used in dentistry since 1844? However, the methods of delivery have improved significantly over time. Its use remains the same today as it was when it was first introduced.
One of the greatest benefits of Laughing gas is the fact that it doesn’t put the patient to sleep. Considered a safe and effective way to reduce anxiety and control pain, it allows continued communication between the patient and dentist.
The patient remains in control and cognizant of ongoing dental treatments, and therefore, remains able to respond to the dental team. Consequently, little risk of reflex loss occurs, providing a better level of protection for the patient.
Dentistry specialists accomplish safe delivery of laughing gas through the use of an automated delivery system. Therefore, an appropriate mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen is guaranteed. The equipment allows the patient to safely inhale the gas, subsequently depressing pain and relieving anxiety while the patient remains alert.
At one time, delivery occurred through a rubber tube running from a bottle of gas and fed into a facemask. Danger existed because the mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen couldn’t be guaranteed. Medical advances make dispensing much more safe, especially in the hands of licensed periodontist, Dr. William S. Neale.
Laughing Gas, No Laughing Matter
If you don’t practice an appropriate level of dental care and cleaning, then you may find yourself on the receiving end of nitrous oxide. Dr. William S. Neale, a periodontist in Wichita Falls, Texas, guides you through proper oral care when you visit him. If you suffer from dental anxiety, then nitrous oxide may be the answer for you. Also, Dr. Neale expertly imbeds dental implants, giving you a kissable smile.
Call Dr. Neale today at (940) 322-0758.