Nitrous Oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas which you can breathe. Nitrous oxide is administered by placing a small mask over the patient’s nose. As the gas begins to work, the patient becomes calm, but is still awake and can communicate. The patient is able to breathe on their own and remain in control of all bodily functions. When the gas is turned off, the effects of sedation wear off almost immediately.
Nitrous oxide gas is a great option for the following patients:
- Patients who are fearful or anxious about their dental treatment
- Patients whose gag reflex interferes with dental care
- Patients for whom profound local anesthesia cannot be obtained.
- An uncooperative child undergoing a lengthy dental procedure.