Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a safe, effective technique to calm a child's or adult's fear of the dental visit.

Q: What is nitrous oxide/oxygen?

A: Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. When inhaled, it is absorbed by the body and has a calming effect. Normal breathing eliminates nitrous oxide/oxygen from the body.

Q: How will I feel when breathing nitrous oxide/oxygen?

A: You will smell a sweet, pleasant aroma and experience a sense of well-being and relaxation. If you are worried by the sights, sounds, or sensations of dental treatment, you may respond more positively with the use of nitrous oxide/oxygen. When inhaling nitrous oxide you are aware of your surrounding but often are able to relax easier with a care free attitude for what is taking place.

Q: How safe is nitrous oxide/oxygen?

A: Very safe. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is perhaps the safest sedative in dentistry. It is nonaddictive. It is mild, easily taken, then quickly eliminated by the body. You remain fully conscious, keep all natural reflexes, when breathing nitrous oxide/oxygen.

What do I do if I’m still confused about these procedures?

If you are still unclear about the process, speak to your dentist. Your dentist can walk you through the steps of the procedures and address any questions or concerns you may have.


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