Nitrous oxide, which is also known as laughing gas, is a colorless, odorless gas that for years was used as part of a parlor trick before it was discovered to be able to help people relax during their dental appointments. If you are feeling nervous about your upcoming visit with our dentist, let us know, and we will make sure to include nitrous oxide during your appointment.
The gas is administered through a mask that covers your nose. You simply breathe normally, and the gas will quickly take effect. While you will not lose consciousness, you may feel very calm and relaxed, and some people experience a sense of euphoria. When your appointment is over, the mask will be removed, and the effects of the gas should wear off within minutes. You should be able to resume your normal activities as soon as you leave the office. Dentists have safely used nitrous oxide for many years, and some prefer it as a method for pediatric sedation.
If the thought of sitting in a dental chair has you feeling uneasy to any degree, call our office today. We will be happy to make nitrous oxide a part of your visit with our dentist and team.