When you find yourself with the relieving option of choosing a dental sedation method for a peaceful visit with us, you may not know where to begin. We often suggest beginning with the gentlest (yet extremely effective) option: First learn more about the details of nitrous oxide. Whether you are a bit nervous, suffer from serious dental anxiety, or enjoy additional analgesic benefits beyond local anesthetic, you may find that this option suits your needs quite well.

What Makes Nitrous Oxide Unique?

This form of dental sedation provides you with the ability to feel extremely relaxed – often euphoric, which is how it gained its nickname “laughing gas” – and is known for its gentle nature. Unlike other sedation dentistry options, this is one that will not affect the rest of your day. Its effects work right away and it wears off just as immediately. As a result, you will enjoy a comfortable visit and then go right back to your usual daily routine.

How Will I Receive This Dental Sedation?

Unlike oral sedation, which requires you swallow a pill – or IV sedation, which relies on a tiny intravenous needle – nitrous oxide is a gas that you breathe in. All you have to do is lie back and relax, while we place a comfortable mask over your nose. As you continue to breathe, the sedative will calm your nerves. Thanks to the way this treatment is administered, it is a wonderful solution for the following individuals:

  • Patients who need the convenience of returning to work, class, or other commitments immediately after a visit
  • Patients with a phobia of needles