Fear and anxiety surrounding the dentist are common in people of all ages. As your dental care professionals, it is our mission to make your care and appointments and comfortable as possible. One of the ways we do this is through nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide, also commonly known as “laughing gas” is a mild sedative that can help ease any anxiety and keep you calm when you come in for a visit.
Nitrous oxide is an odorless and tasteless gas that will help keep you relaxed during your appointment but will not put you to sleep. It is considered a minimal sedative and will make you feel light and comfortable, though not dimming your inhibitions. You will still be able to interact with the dental staff and understand what is happening during your procedure.
Unlike other sedative methods, nitrous oxide is combined with oxygen and given through a mask. The mask will be placed over your nose and you will be asked to breathe normally. Nitrous oxide works quickly, and you will start feeling the effects of it in just a few minutes.
When administered by a dental professional, nitrous oxide is very safe. One of the many benefits of this sedation is that the effects begin quickly when you begin inhaling it, but also go away quickly once the mask is removed. You will return back to normal just a few minutes after you stop breathing the gas. You are safe to drive and return to your daily activities after this treatment.
Do not let fear stop you from getting proper oral health care. If you suffer from anxiety surrounding dental visits or procedures, ask us about nitrous oxide and other sedation dentistry options. If you want to learn more about nitrous oxide, give us a call at (419) 445-8176.