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Nitrous Oxide

Anxiety is very common amongst dental patients.  Nitrous oxide gas provided during dental procedures is very helpful to combat most patients anxiety.

Nitrous oxide is safe; the patient receives 50-90 percent oxygen with no less than 30 percent nitrous oxide. It is a sweet smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas which is inhaled. The patient is able to breath on his or her own and remain in control of all bodily functions.  The patient can also communicate with the doctor and remains awake but relaxed.

Advantages of using nitrous oxide during dental treatment:

  • The depth of sedation can be altered at any time.
  • There is no after effect such a “hangover.”
  • Inhalation sedation is safe with no side effects on your heart or lungs.
  • Inhalation sedation is very effective in minimizing gagging.
  • You don't need help driving to and from home.

Reasons Not To Use Nitrous Oxide

Though there are no major contraindications to using nitrous oxide, you may not want to use it if you have emphysema, chest problems, multiple sclerosis, a cold, congestive heart condition or other difficulties with breathing. Pregnant women definitely should not use it. 

If you anxious regarding getting dental treatment please discuss your concerns and options for combating anxiety with Dr. Sarkosh at your consultation visit.


Joseph Sarkosh DDS • 888 Oak Grove Ave Suite 6 • Menlo Park, CA • 650-327-8081 • Fax: 650-327-8082