Originally Posted by younglisa7
I am going in for a root canal on Thursday and I have the option of using Nitrous Oxide. Has anyone ever used this? Any ill effects? Should I eat something before hand?
I've had 5 root canals, they are not horrible. It's basically a long appt that isnt much different from a filling except they do use dental dams so you have more gear in your mouth (which isn't as bad as it sounds) & done over an avg of 3 visits. The worst part only lasts a nano second, shots on the gum line or roof of your mouth, I've had painful to barely a sting injections, nothing to stress about. Hurts far less than a tetanus injection in the arm.
For me, I prefer a root canal, I have far far far less pain & swelling after one than a standard filling. I always have looked like I got out of A bar fight & feel it too, from a filling. Hate them.
As for nitrous. Ask them to go slow & start low, you can ask for it to be turned up higher if you are doing okwith it. I usually keep it pretty low, I like it to get rid of my shaking nerves but not make my legs feel like they are floating. The worst of it is the nose piece, getting it situated just right so no leaks around it & the initial funny scent. (tho some have fruit scents now). When they are in the last few minutes they tur. Off nitrous & give only oxygen, it helps clear the nitrous & bring you back to earth, takes less than 5min to clear.
Eta I just realized how old this thread is, oops