Nitrous oxide, better known as “laughing gas,” is a colourless, odourless gas that has been used for generations to help calm fearful dental patients. Considered a safe and effective method of sedation, nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a mask.
In our office, a patient simply inhales the gas through a small nasal mask, and within a few minutes, they will begin to feel warm, happy, and maybe even like they are floating. The gas also lowers a person’s ability to feel any kind of discomfort. The mask will stay on for the entirety of the appointment, and once it is removed, the gas’ effects wear off almost instantly, allowing a patient to go back to their day without any lasting drowsiness.
You will not need to worry about having someone drop you off and pick you up from your appointment. That is how quickly you can get back to your regular routine. Nitrous Oxide can help with:
– Dental anxiety
– A phobia of needles
– Difficulty being able to control your movement
– Traumatic past dental experiences
– Tooth sensitivity
– Difficulty with numbing agents