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Sedation Dentistry Using Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is the mildest form of sedation used in dentistry. It is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a mask fit over your nose.

Nitrous Oxide or “Laughing Gas”

The medication is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a mask, inducing relaxation. You will remain conscious and aware of your surroundings. Some patients feel heaviness in their limbs or light-headedness, and possibly a tingling sensation. These effects are normal and not harmful. It only takes a few minutes for nitrous oxide to take effect, and you should feel comfortable and calm. Many people experience a mildly euphoric feeling, hence the common name “laughing gas.”

The benefits of nitrous oxide include:

  • Extremely safe and gentle
  • You can drive yourself home after your appointment
  • Relaxes you and helps reduce pain sensitivity
  • Minimal side effects
  • Can be combined with other forms of sedation