Nitrous Oxide/Sedation Dentistry (Laughing Gas)
To ensure visits to our office are comfortable and as stress-free as possible, procedures with nitrous oxide sedation (sedation dentistry) are available.
In sedation dentistry, nitrous oxide, “laughing gas” is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask placed over the patient’s nose. The dentist is able to control the amount of sedation received, and the gas has the benefit of wearing off quickly.
The patient is not fully “put to sleep,” but is sedated enough to maintain increased comfort and calmness during the procedure. Nitrous oxide is considered a very safe and effective sedative and may be an option you wish to discuss with the dentist to ease your or your child’s dental experience.
Note that nitrous oxide sedation is not exclusively used for children. Adults who may be experiencing dental anxiety may benefit from utilizing nitrous oxide sedation for lengthy procedures.