Nitrous Oxide

When you need a little extra help relaxing during a dental procedure, let us know and we will discuss the use of nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas.”

Despite the nickname, nitrous oxide won’t make you laugh uncontrollably, but it will relax you and may produce a state of mild euphoria. Nitrous oxide also dulls sensation, making any procedure more comfortable. The effect wears off as soon as we remove the mask and you take a couple deep breaths.

To learn more about nitrous oxide or schedule a cleaning or other procedure, please call Ai Family Dental today.

Reasons for Nitrous Oxide

✱ Experience fear and anxiety about dentist visits and procedures
✱ Quick to relax
✱ No lingering side effects

How nitrous oxide works?

During dental treatments, nitrous oxide helps in three key ways:

– It relaxes you so you feel calm.

– It reduces pain, so you feel more comfortable.

– It produces those feelings of euphoria, so your anxiety stays at bay.

Unlike other types of sedation like pills or intravenous methods, nitrous oxide is breathed in through a small mask that fits securely over your nose. Once the mask is in place, you’ll simply breathe like you normally would, but only through your nose, not your mouth. Soon after the gas is administered, you’ll feel mildly lightheaded, and you might experience a tingling in your arms or legs. Some patients describe the sensation as a feeling of heaviness in their limbs.

Even though nitrous oxide can make you very relaxed, you won’t “pass out;” in fact, you’ll still be alert and able to respond to requests like “open wider” or “rinse and spit.” Since nitrous oxide wears off quickly, you’ll need to wear the mask and continue to breathe through your nose throughout your treatment to continue to enjoy the calming and pain-blocking effects.

Nitrous Oxide FAQ’s

How is nitrous oxide administered?

We strap a plastic breathing tube around your nose, and you simply need to breathe normally to inhale the nitrous oxide and oxygen combination.

Who should monitor conscious sedation?

Only experienced and licensed dentists or healthcare professionals, such as physicians and registered RNs, should monitor conscious sedation.

Who can benefit from nitrous oxide sedation?

Anyone who’s extremely anxious about getting dental work done can benefit from dental nitrous oxide sedation.

Will I feel any pain during the procedure?

No, you won’t feel any pain throughout the procedure.

How safe is nitrous oxide sedation?

Nitrous oxide sedation is completely safe as long as you’re in optimal physical health.