Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) Sedation Dentistry
If visiting us for a checkup or other procedure makes you or your children nervous, use of nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) may be the right solution. Nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry for over 150 years, so we know that it can be safely used to reduce fear and anxiety without causing any serious side effects. It can be used for children and adults.
What to Expect
The nice thing about using nitrous oxide is that you don’t have to do anything special to prepare for your appointment. We’ll ask you a few questions about your medical health to make sure that there won’t be a problem with a specific condition or medication. Once you’re in our office, we’ll fit you with a special mask that covers only your nose. All you have to do is breath through your nose and the nitrous oxide will take care of the rest.
- You’ll stay awake and able to think clearly
- You’ll feel relaxed
- Some people feel a little tingling in their hands and feet
- Some people have a sensation of floating
When your procedure is complete, you’ll continue to use the nose mask for a few more minutes to breath pure oxygen. Breathing 100% oxygen will quickly remove the nitrous oxide from your body and make you feel completely normal. You’ll then be able to go on with all your normal activities, including driving your car.
Request Nitrous Oxide
If you are feeling anxious or worried about having a dental procedure, please ask us about nitrous oxide at the time your make your appointment. We’ll discuss your concerns and help you determine whether nitrous oxide is the right solution or if you may need stronger sedation. You can also check the nitrous oxide box on our appointment request form.
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Why is it Called Laughing Gas?
When nitrous oxide was first being studied, some people would giggle or laugh during exposure. The name has stuck, but because of changes in the way dentist give you nitrous oxide, it is not likely to cause you to start laughing out loud. Today, nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen, which still provides the calming and pain relieving effects while reducing side effects.