Nitrous oxide sedation is considered to be particularly gentle. It has no effects on liver, kidney or bowel function. Likewise, there is practically no metabolism in the body. The gas is one of the most studied substances in dentistry. Allergies are not known. Nevertheless, many patients often ask us whether the procedure with nitrous oxide does not have side effects.
Like any drug, also nitrous oxide might have side effects – these are rare and provided the sedation is carried out properly by a qualified dentist, basically harmless. The patient remains awake and responsive at all times during the treatment. This ensures that he can communicate any discomfort at any time. Sometimes the patient may feel dizzy. This condition can be counteracted quickly by supplying pure oxygen.
Slight optical illusions rarely occur: when the eyes are open, for example, the view appears as if through a veil or similar to so-called “tunnel vision”. Similarly, some dental patients report a changed acoustic perception during treatment with nitrous oxide: for example, noises are perceived as muffled or blurred. This intoxication-like state sometimes triggers spontaneous laughter in patients.
In order to keep possible side effects due to nitrous oxide as minimal as possible, we rely exclusively on the latest technology. In addition, our experienced team monitors the patient’s pulse, blood pressure and oxygen saturation throughout the whole dental treatment.