Nitrous Oxide / Laughing gas
Nitrous oxide relaxes you
Nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, is a colorless gas that is often used for its calming effect.
After reviewing your health history, we determine if nitrous oxide is right for you. Nitrous oxide is safe, effective and helps you feel more relaxed during your dental appointment.
A typical visit with nitrous oxide
To use nitrous oxide, we place a small mask over your nose, and you simply breathe in normally. It takes just a few minutes for you to notice the effects. People most often describe the feeling as being relaxed, unconcerned, happy, slightly numb, and disconnected from what is happening around them.
Since nitrous oxide does not numb the teeth, we may also recommend anesthetic for some dental procedures.
Controlling the effects
During the procedure, let us know if you want us to adjust the dosage of the nitrous oxide gas to fit your needs. You can also control the dosage by your breathing. The more deeply you breathe through your nose, the more you feel nitrous oxide’s effect.
After a dental appointment with nitrous oxide, it is safe for you to drive because there are no long-lasting effects.