Laughing gas, happy gas, nitrous, nitrous oxide… Inhalation sedation with nitrous oxide (N2O) and oxygen (O2) is a safe and effective way relieve minor dental anxiety. Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a colorless, odorless gas which you breathe in. It typically gives a patient a euphoric feeling; Some people find that there are auditory or visual effects as well. You will feel a bit light headed and often people get ‘the giggles.’
There’s no “hangover” effect – the gas is eliminated from the body within 3 to 5 minutes after the gas supply is stopped. You can safely drive home and don’t need an escort. On rare occasions, people have reported a bad experience with nitrous oxide. Typically this is dizziness or vertigo. This is easily reversible by reducing the amount of N2O.
If you have any questions about the sedation dentistry services or wish to schedule an appointment to see one of our experienced, trusted and caring general dentists, please call one of our practices nearest to you or fill out of our convenient online form.