We administer nitrous oxide, also known as "laughing gas," to our patients for its calming effect. Although it does a great job of decreasing a patient's perception of discomfort, we'll still use a local anesthetic to numb the area we're treating. We won't use nitrous oxide if you're pregnant, have an inner ear infection, or suffer from asthma.
You breathe nitrous oxide through a small mask that covers your nose. Within just a few minutes, you will notice its effects. Most people experience a sense of relaxation, happiness, slight numbness, and a disconnection from what's happening around them.
We can adjust the dosage of the nitrous oxide gas to fit your needs. You can also control its effects by controlling your breathing. The more deeply you breathe through your nose, the more you'll feel its effects.
There are no long-lasting effects, and you can safely drive after the dental appointment. Let us know if you'd like to try nitrous oxide to feel more relaxed during your next dental appointment.