Nitrous Oxide or Laughing Gas
Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and nitrous oxide through a small mask. It fits over your nose to help you relax and takes effect within a few minutes and wears off quickly.
You will feel relaxed but will still be awake. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have, but you won’t necessarily remember everything once the visit is over.
Advantages of Nitrous Oxide
- Rapid induction – Rapid recovery
- Minimum of nausea and vomiting
- Some loss of time awareness
- Patient more receptive to suggestion
Laughing Gas Versus Dental Anxiety
For patients who suffer from dental anxiety, laughing gas can be especially helpful. Foregoing dental treatment because of anxiety and fear will only give the problem time to become worse. Laughing gas is one option to help anxious patients relax and feel comfortable during a dental procedure, or even during a routine dental appointment.
Still Have Questions About Laughing Gas? Just Ask!
If you’d like to know more about the effects of laughing gas and its uses in dentistry, we are happy to answer your questions! Give us a call at 416-223-7711 or schedule an appointment so that we can discuss this and any other dental health concerns you may have.