15 May INHALOSEDATION – the Analgesia of the Future
A reality increasingly powerful both in the mind of children and of adults is dental fear. Unfortunately, this feeling has people avoiding trips at the dentist’s and, subsequently, triggers the aggravation of all dental conditions.
However, we have good news regarding the source of these fears. Basically, due to technological progress, modern dentistry has ruled out all reasons behind such fears. Even in serious dental condition cases, pain is suppressed, and the outcome may turn out as pleasant as possible.
Lack of pain is achieved by associating classical anaesthesia techniques with modern analgesia by means of inhalosedation, which is highly appreciated by all those who suffer from anxiety when entering the dental practice.
What is inhalosedation?
It is a conscious sedation with nitrous oxide and oxygen which has been in practice since 1863 in USA, soothing and relaxing the patient. The sedation manages to turn even the most fearful persons into brave, self-confident patients, even after the expiry of the therapy effect.
Inhalosedation makes migraines, neuralgias and hangovers (it has also been used at some parties!), inhibitions, epilepsy seizures, vomiting reflex, Meniere’s Disease-related vertigo vanish into thin air and generates a pleasant sensation of thoracic heat, heating body extremities, relaxation and slight euphoria. The patient keeps beautiful memories and has a different perception of time (the session seems much shorter than it really is).
Inhalosedation is designated both for children and adults who experience unpleasant states before surgeries or local anaesthesia by injection.
Inhalosedation significantly enhances the effectiveness of certain extensive treatments, such as the dental implant, the dental extractions or the sinus-lifting surgery and turns out to be very appealing, given that it provides a very pleasant relaxation state, detaching the patient from reality and making them much more receptive to suggestions and treatment.
How safe is inhalosedation?
A great deal of people fear that the nitrous oxide may have unpleasant side effects on the body. When thoroughly assessing this gas, one finds that it is 100% harmless, colourless and odourless, with bitter-sweet taste, not irritating and easily eliminated by the body, since it is not metabolized. Its side effects expire in no more than 5 minutes after the removal of the sedation mask.
Its safety is extended to all ages, and therefore it is an excellent solution for children as well.
Inhalosedation presents itself with multiple advantages:
– Ensures a relaxation state and removes the time lapse sensation,
– Is safe for the body and enables quick recovery;
– Clears anxiety and dental fear;
– Is non-invasive analgesia;
– Is also used in other fields: cardiology, gastroenterology, gynaecology, anaesthesiology;
– Is not metabolized and there are no reported cases of allergies thereto.
Who may benefit from inhalosedation?
Anyone may benefit from inhalosedation, with the following main indications:
– Toddlers older than 1 year, children with special needs – suffering from epilepsy, bronchial asthma, autism or ADHD;
– Adults suffering from dental fear, anxiety, severe fear of dentist or specific interventions;
– Adults suffering from severe vomiting reflex, fear of dental impression or touching of tongue;
– Patients with special needs – suffering from advanced Parkinson Disease, high blood pressure, arrhythmias, asthma, epilepsy, liver conditions.
Counter-indications to inhalosedation are very few and rather relative:
– Severe rhinitis obstructing the administration of the gas (stuffy nose);
– Pregnant women with B12 Vitamin deficit;
– Patients suffering from lung conditions, decompensated heart failure or who have recently undergone chemotherapy
– Diabetic retinopathy
For how long does an inhalosedation session last?
The duration of a session depends on the targeted effect. The relaxation state required for injecting anaesthesia is achieved after approximately 10-15 minutes. Treatments for children may last between 30 minutes and 3 hours, whereas treatments for adults may last up to 5 hours, with no side effects.
Inhalosedation – dental practice analgesia?
In Romania, increasingly more dental practices offer inhalosedation as alternative to classical anaesthesia, which does not require the presence of the anesthetist and may be administered by any Doctor of Dental Medicine, specially trained to this purpose. At the EXCEDENT Practice, both Andra Angela, DDM (pediatric dentistry) and Mihaela Măgureanu , DDM (dentistry for adults) have taken this training, in order to secure the safety of all patients.
If you find yourself in Bucharest, we invite you to visit EXCEDENT for pain-free dentistry treatments. You can find us in the City Centre, next to the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel and Panduri Hospital! In our practice you shall find passionate, highly-trained dentists with extensive professional expertise using state-of-the-art techniques and equipment.
EXCEDENT – A smile for you!