Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
The fear of dental procedures can be overwhelming for many people, often causing them to avoid necessary procedures. Over time, dentists became aware of their patients’ severe anxiety and began to address the situation to make appointments more pleasant for clients. Nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas, is one of several sedatives which are used in sedation dentistry which allow patients to feel at ease during their appointments.
About Nitrous Oxide
Being administered through inhalation, nitrous oxide is an extremely safe sedative which is quick to wear off after its delivery has ended. Laughing gas has been found to be a non-irritating sedative which doesn’t inhibit a patient’s ability to breathe, and doesn’t affect heart function. Nitrous oxide also allows patients to remain conscious during procedures so they can communicate with the dentist when necessary. Although patients usually remain conscious while being administered laughing gas, they may have difficulty remembering the entire procedure.
Oxygen levels are above 70% while Nitrous Oxide is being administered, meaning that you will be breathing in plenty of necessary air during your procedure. Nitrous oxide also wears off quickly after its delivery has ended, meaning that there is no crash or hangover from using it.
Talk to Dr. Huish about any medical conditions you have to help decide if nitrous oxide is the right sedative for you.