We use nitrous oxide, also referred to as “laughing gas,” to help patients who are nervous or just want a calmer experience at the dental office. Our busy patients appreciate that nitrous oxide doesn’t produce any drowsy side effects, which enables them to resume their usual activities right after their dental appointment. It’s also easy to administer nitrous oxide through a small mask that sits over your nose because you simply have to breathe normally to feel its effects.
Since the effects of nitrous oxide are mild, you won’t go to sleep, and you will remain fully conscious. We will be able to communicate with each other, but you’ll feel very calm and drowsy throughout your appointment. When we finish your procedure, we’ll stop the flow of nitrous gas and have you inhale pure oxygen for several minutes. You’ll leave our office feeling alert and refreshed and ready to take on the rest of your day.