What is Nitrous Oxide?

Jamie J. Alexander on August 9, 2018

Boynton Beach dentist, Dr. Jamie Alexander, offers nitrous oxide to patients who want to feel relaxed and happy during certain dental procedures. But, what is nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide is both safe and easy to administer while you are in the dental chair. And, recovery time is immediate, so you don’t have to wait long after your procedure before safely driving home.

Wondering about the Safety of Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide is a sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen. Dr. Alexander can easily control the flow of the nitrous oxide and oxygen mixture, as you inhale it through a small mask fit over your nose. He will ensure you receive just enough to feel euphoria as you breathe normally. You may feel a tingling sensation in your arms and legs or feel light headed. We allow our patients recovery time breathing pure oxygen mixed with air to speed recovery. As soon, as the mask is then removed, the effects wear off.

“Once the gas is inhaled, it enters the bloodstream through the lungs and reaches the brain quickly. Because it alters nerve impulses, it affects movement, behavior, and emotions. I carefully observe each patient’s reactions to make sure they do not get too much,” says Dr. Alexander. “One of the effects is slower breathing, and this is not ideal for some people, so I learn everything I can about the patient’s health history and advise them accordingly. As a dentist with training in substance abuse recovery, I want patients to know that nitrous oxide is not a recreational drug. It is safe to be used for anxiety in recovery as there are no addictive properties. I should mention, it should not be inhaled, except under a doctor’s supervision. As with most drugs, the more you use it and the more intensely you use it, its effects on the nervous system build and can be life-threatening.”

If going to a Boynton Beach dentist, who offers nitrous oxide, is important to you, feel free to give us a call. Dr. Alexander will be happy to meet with you, review your health history, and discuss whether nitrous oxide sedation is right for you.