Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax.
Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is one option that Dr. McConnell may offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have. Our team will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.
Nitrous Oxide is also commonly used in the treatment of children in the dental field. It has been approved by the American Dental Association and the American Acadamy of Pediatric Dentists as a safe and effective technique to reduce anxiety in children patients. As a general dentist who limits herself to seeing children, Dr. Nissa McConnell uses “laughing gas” to help calm even the most nervous of children.
Talk to our team of dental professionals about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you or your child.