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.