Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is one of several Sedation Dentistry options available to reduce a patients anxiety and fear.

Benefits of nitrous oxide include:

  • It’s effective for mild to moderate anxiety
  • Proven safety record
  • It’s quick-acting, with few side effects
  • You don’t need someone to escort you to and from the office
  • You can return to normal activities immediately

Nitrous oxide is best suited for cases of mild to moderate anxiety and is often times used as a supplement to other forms of conscious sedation. Under nitrous oxide you remain conscious and able to breathe on your own, with a sense of well-being. Patients generally recover quickly once the Nitrous Oxide is discontinued.

How It Works?

Nitrous oxide will put you at ease so you experience minimal discomfort; however, we will also administer a local anesthetic to ensure that you don’t experience any pain. At this point in the procedure you’ll be so relaxed that you’ll hardly even notice.

A procedure utilizing nitrous oxide generally requires one to two visits. During your first visit, your doctor will take a detailed health history. If you’re comfortable, he or she will look in your mouth and take dental x-rays. Next he or she will carefully explain what you can expect during the procedure and will patiently answer any questions you may have.