Nitrous Oxide Sedation is a very effective way to help you stay relaxed and comfortable during a dental procedure. It is a very light form of sedation, which works fast and wears off quickly.
What is Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
Nitrous oxide, often called “laughing gas” is an colorless gas that we can give you to help you relax. It is very safe when professionally administered, and it works extremely well to reduce the anxieties in many dental patients. Approximately one-third of all dentists use nitrous oxide in their offices. It is often used to sedate a patient for a short period of time, or in conjunction with another sedation medication.
What can I expect from Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
We will put a mask on your face or a small tube called a cannula under your nostrils to give you a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide. It usually takes effect very quickly, and lasts for as long as it is kept on. During the procedure you will feel extremely relaxed, with a sensation that has been described as “dreamy”, but you will remain awake. Once the nitrous oxide is off, patients usually feel normal again very quickly and can almost always drive themselves home after the appointment.