Do you ever get anxious about having dental work done? Has your fear prevent you from getting the dental care you need? No one knows these fears better than your dentist. That’s why we offer inhalation sedation, or laughing gas, to our patients.
Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide (N20), is an odorless, colorless gas that patients can inhale through a mask placed over the nose. The gas, often pleasantly scented with vanilla or mint, works rapidly. Patients report feeling relaxed, calm, and happy during use. As its nickname implies, laughing gas can sometimes make people feel giddy or giggly, but without losing control.
With nitrous oxide, we are able to perform many procedures on previously anxious patients and patients feel no pain or discomfort. It has the added advantage of being completely reversible, with no lingering grogginess. When a procedure is completed, patients are given oxygen to breathe for a few minutes and the effect of the sedation is completely reversed.
There’s no need to put off dental work because of fear or anxiety. Ask your dentist whether inhalation sedation, or laughing gas is right for you.