Nitrous Oxide, otherwise known as “Laughing Gas,” is a sedative commonly used during dental procedures. It is mixed with oxygen and then administered through a mask that is placed over the patient’s nose. This helps with pain during procedures as well as helps patients with dental anxiety relax during their visit.
Unlike other forms of dental sedation, nitrous oxide is not meant to make you unconscious. You will be conscious during the procedure and able to respond to any questions or directions by Dr. Voyles.
After breathing normally through the mask, you will begin to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide or laughing gas. Common experiences involve feeling light headed or tingling in your limbs. Other patients say that their limbs feel heavy. This is very normal. The most important and common side effect of nitrous oxide is the feeling of relaxation. Once the mask is removed, the effects will wear off relatively quickly.
If dental anxiety is something that you suffer from, please don’t hesitate to ask about nitrous oxide as an option to help ease your fears and worries. We want nothing more for you to have a good experience regardless of the procedure you are there to see us for.