You may benefit from nitrous oxide if you struggle with nervousness or moments of anxiety during dental treatment. Nitrous oxide (N2O), also called laughing gas, is a chemical compound made of nitrogen and oxygen that enables you to feel more relaxed and comfortable during your treatment. It can be administered safely through a mask that fits gently over your nose and will help you to feel calm, still permitting you to hear and interact with our dentists throughout the treatment. As soon as we remove your mask, the effects will begin to gradually wear off, permitting you to drive home safely after the treatment is completed.
We often recommend nitrous oxide to patients who have difficulty with dental anxiety or other dental phobias. Due to its mild and simple application process, this sedative option is commonly used with young children who prefer a noninvasive sedation. Laughing gas is a colorless and near odorless gas that has a faintly sweet smell and does not commonly cause nausea. This sedative can be used to reduce chances for gagging and also significantly increase tolerance in the patient for longer procedures.
If you would like to learn more about the many benefits of nitrous oxide, we welcome you to contact us today or visit our office to meet with our dentists!