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
I HATE feeling pain during dental procedures and cleanings. However, Dr. Apekian and her staff talked to me and calmed my nerves with the option of choosing a nitrous oxide approach (laughing gas). I was finally able to address my root canal situation and it really wasn’t that bad!