Nitrous oxide and oxygen are inhaled through a small nasal mask. The effects are to reduce anxiety and it also acts as a strong painkiller. Simple procedures can therefore be carried out without injections. The effects completely wear off within a few minutes so you can drive and resume normal activities after treatment. It is recommended for those with mild to moderate anxiety.
The dentist carrying out your treatment, assisted by an appropriate trained dental nurse.
Very safe. We use it for children and adults from 5 to 95 so long as they are able to understand how it works and how they will feel. Since you are able to speak to the dentist, if at any time you feel the happy air mixture is a bit too strong, we can quickly turn it down and within a few seconds you will feel very relaxed again.
Very few. Occasionally a slight feeling of nausea but this is quite rare.
A mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen is adjusted to suit you. Everyone needs a different mixture to achieve a feeling of warm and cosy relaxation. We use a small soft sterile nosepiece for you to breathe through.
You will feel very relaxed. Most people feel some of the following sensations:
Very few. It is not possible to use RA Sedation if:
Very quickly. Usually within 2-3 minutes of the completion of treatment you will be ready to return to the waiting room and can usually leave the practice within 10 minutes. We advise against driving for 30-60 minutes but you can return to work, college or school afterwards and carry on with your normal activities.