Nitrous Oxide

Are you nervous about a dental procedure? Therefore, laughing gas, it is composed of nitrogen and oxygen. This odorless, colorless gas, officially known as nitrous oxide or N2O, probably will not make you laugh while you’re at your dentist’s chair. However, for those of you that are tightened during dental treatment, this was commonly used sedative and anti-anxiety agent can help promote a sense of relaxation, calm and overall well-being.

Gas, is known to have very few side effects and therefore can be used in patients of all ages. This gas is used alone and in conjunction with local anesthetics and analgesic agents. Nitrous oxide, laughing gas itself is a form of what is known as “conscious sedation.” Though it will leave little tired patients who opt for conscious sedation as their only form of treatment remain awake and responsive throughout the dental procedure.

Nitrous oxide laughing gas is a smart choice and widely used for many minor procedures such as placement of a dental crown or extraction of wisdom teeth. In fact, the sedative effects of laughing gas as quickly disappear after discontinuation that car started immediately after use. And, unlike most other forms of sedation dentistry, you can eat within 12 hours of the procedure.

Manage Laughing gas: Inhale, Exhale

The best part of laughing gas is that no needles are required for administration. Instead, the laughing gas is inhaled through a rubber mask. Your dentist will adjust the amount of gas delivered based on your individual need.

Contrary to popular belief, laughing gas is not a pain reliever. Dental procedures requiring treatment of pain require the use of additional agents; your dentist will prescribe and use these agents as needed.

Are you a good candidate for Laughing gas?

Although nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is a safe choice for most dental patients, some considerations must be taken before undergoing this treatment. Be sure to discuss your full medical history with your dentist. If you fall into any of the groups listed below, think through the pros and cons of using laughing gas before opting to use this agent:

  • History of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Serious emotional problems
  • Drug Dependence
  • First trimester of pregnancy

It should be noted that regardless of your situation, your dentist is there to help you make an informed decision. If you are looking for a great dentist, we can help you find one! You can see our comments dentist online or speak to an operator 24 hours.