At Arc Dental, your comfort is Dr. Marchettis primary focus, so we have several anxiety and pain-reducing methods available to our patients. One of our most commonly used dental sedations methods is nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas. You might not be giggling before it's used, but chances are you won't feel - or fret - much after you receive it.
What is Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide is perhaps the most sought after clinical sedative because it offers an ideal experience: a painkiller that induces a euphoric feeling. It is a safe and effective sedative that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a mask that fits over your nos. It is odorless, pleasant tasting and begins to work within five minutes.
Who Can Use Nitrous Oxide?
Laughing gas is appropriate for adults and children alike; however, children must be able to leave the soft nosepiece on and follow directions from the dentist.
Laughing gas may not be appropriate for you if you:
Have a stuffy nose.
Have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Suffer from congestive heart failure.
Have a recent head injury.
Have an ear infection.
Are taking medicine for a psychiatric condition.
The effects of nitrous oxide begin to wear off shortly after you start breathing oxygen again. It can take up to 15 minutes after the gas supply is stopped to feel alert, so if you opt for this sedation method, you should have someone available with you to drive home after the procedure.