What is Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide gas is commonly referred to as “laughing gas.” The process requires inhalation of nitrous oxide & oxygen to create a sedated, relaxed effect. Nitrous has been safely used in dentistry since the mid 19th century. Since nitrous has been around for so long it has been studied over many decades with no significant findings.
How is it administered?
- The gas is administered through a small mask placed over your nose
- You will be instructed to breathe in through your nose
What are the benefits of using nitrous oxide?
- No adverse effects on the liver, kidneys, brain or heart
- Can be used for children
- Recovery time is between 3-5 minutes
When can nitrous oxide be used?
- During your continuing care hygiene appointments
- During any filling or crown appointments
What will it be like?
Although every patient is different, in general inhalation sedation will cause the following:
- Tingling in the fingers, toes, cheeks, lips, tongue, head or cheek area
- Heaviness in the thighs and/or legs
- Lighter floating feeling
- Warm feeling in the body
- Flushed cheeks
- “Out of body” sensation
When can you NOT have nitrous oxide?
- During pregnancy
- Nasal obstruction
- Upper respiratory infections
Are there any risks?
- There are very few risks involved with nitrous
- Rare instances some patients may have temporary nausea or vomiting
Take a break and relax during your dental treatment and continuing care appointments with your hygienist by requesting nitrous sedation. If you have any additional questions our team is ready to answer and schedule you for your next visit.