Nitrous oxide, also called "laughing gas," is a gas that can be used for sedation dentistry. It is inhaled through a mask that fits over your nose. It can help you to feel more relaxed, although you will still be conscious and able to respond to your dentist's commands.
Laughing gas wears off very quickly, so you will be able to drive yourself home after your appointment.
What are the uses of nitrous oxide?
Nitrous oxide is considered one of the safest forms of general anesthetics available. The patient is made to inhale through a mask so he/she may not require anesthesia with needles and tubes. Patients who feel anxious or nervous about their procedure can ask our dentist about nitrous oxide, as it can help them feel relaxed throughout the procedure.
Is nitrous oxide safe?
Nitrous oxide is an effective and safe sedation dentistry option. The gas is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a mask. Most people experience mild amnesia while under the effects of the gas, but the gas wears off quickly, and patients are able to drive themselves home.
Is nitrous oxide addictive?
No, nitrous oxide is not addictive. It is one option for the alleviation of anxiety or discomfort during dental visits. In fact, nitrous oxide is only meant for short-term use (a few minutes at a time). The effects are short-term as well, so patients do not become addicted to the effects of nitrous oxide.
Laughing gas is very mild, but patients should still avoid driving, operating heavy machinery, or doing anything else that could be dangerous while under the influence.
Is nitrous oxide safe for children?
Yes, nitrous oxide is safe for children of all ages! In fact, the laughing gas that is mixed with oxygen helps kids relax during their dental appointment. That means if they start feeling anxious or scared, they can inhale the gas through the mask we offer them, and the calming effects will take place.
This sedation option can be safely administered in a variety of settings, from the dental office to hospital operating rooms, and its popularity continues to grow.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Kansas City, KS, to have a consultation with our dentists, Dr. Moreno and Dr. Tejada. Please call us at (913) 647-1900 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.