Laughing gas is one of the most popular options for relaxation in the dental chair. Laughing gas is a sweet-smelling blend of oxygen and a natural anxiolytic. When inhaled, the gas produces feelings of well-being, peace, and euphoria.
How Does Laughing Gas Work?
Simply come in for your appointment and we’ll place the small breathing mask over your nose. You’ll then breathe in the laughing gas and begin to feel its effects within the first few breaths. We will closely monitor the level of laughing gas in your body and make adjustments when necessary.
After your procedure, a few moments of normal breathing will completely reverse the effects of the laughing gas. You’ll feel like yourself in no time and will be able to return to your daily activities. Many patients are even able to drive themselves home after laughing gas sedation.
Advantages of Laughing Gas
This safe and mild form of dental sedation helps all kinds of patients feel comfortable during treatment. Laughing gas is a gentle way to treat patients of all ages who have dental anxiety or patients with strong gag reflexes. Laughing gas is:
- Easy and convenient to administer.
- Able to produce pleasant feelings immediately.
- An option that helps patients remain conscious during treatment without awareness of any anxiety-inducing stimuli.
- An option that can be adjusted from moment to moment, if necessary.
- Able to wear off quickly, so you can get back to your day.
These advantages make laughing gas a popular choice for sedation dentistry.
Laughing Gas Side Effects
Laughing gas is one of the safest forms of dental sedation, and there are very few laughing gas side effects or risks.
Some potential laughing gas side effects include nausea, hazy memory, laughing, lack of balance, and headache, but you probably won’t experience any of these. Instead, you’ll most likely leave your appointment feeling refreshed and pleased with your health and appearance.
If you would like to find out if laughing gas is the best way for you to have an enjoyable dental experience, contact our office today. We’ll schedule a complimentary consultation, so our sedation dentists can learn about your needs and help you discover the best sedation option for you.