Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
One of our sedation options is laughing gas, a colorless, sweet-smelling, blend of oxygen and nitrous oxide gases that help patients feel relaxed and at-ease regardless of what is happening around them. Some patients describe a giddiness or a floating-like sensation, hence the name “laughing gas.”
Nitrous oxide is administered through a comfortable mask that is placed on the nose. Our doctors have special equipment that allow them to monitor and adjust how much laughing gas is being released throughout the dental procedure. Our equipment is regularly checked and calibrated and only administered by our specially trained staff.
This safe and effective sedation option helps many patients feel more comfortable in the dental chair, especially people who experience dental anxiety. Other advantages of nitrous oxide include:
- One of the safest dental sedatives
- Very few side effects or risks
- It’s a painless treatment
- The effects are felt almost immediately
- Patients are fully conscious the whole time
- The effects of laughing gas wear off quickly post-treatment
To reverse the effects of laughing gas, all you have to do is simply breathe normal oxygen for several minutes and you will begin to feel normal again. Patients are allowed to return to normal activities like driving after receiving laughing gas.