Did u know that dental anxiety is the no 1 reason for people putting off their dental work?
If you’re one of them, you’ll be happy to know that laughing gas can help you feel comfortable and relaxed. While the term “laughing gas” may call to mind cartoon-like hijinks, it’s actually a highly effective sedation option that keeps patients calm during dental procedures.
What Is Laughing Gas?
Laughing gas is commonly known by many names including inhalation sedation, nitrous, and nitrous oxide. It is a colorless, odorless, non-irritating gas that—when combined with oxygen—helps patients to feel more at ease during dental procedures.
How Is Laughing Gas Administered?
We at ANSH DENTAL CLINIC have happy news for our patients who fear needles—laughing gas is administered with a mask. When you come in for a dental procedure that requires laughing gas, a mask will be gently placed over your nose. Then, you’ll just breathe as you normally would. You’ll begin feeling the effects of the gas within just a few minutes.
What Procedures Is Laughing Gas Used With?
Nitrous oxide is useful for alleviating pain and anxiety. For that reason, we use it for a variety of dental procedures, particularly if a patient is experiencing a lot of fear. If you have an upcoming dental procedure you’re feeling anxious about, just ask if we can use nitrous oxide. Most patients are good candidates for inhalation sedation.
Is Laughing Gas Safe?
Nitrous oxide has a long history. It was discovered over 150 years ago , and it’s one of the most widely used dental anesthetics. Nitrous oxide is safe and effective—so much so, it’s often used during pediatric/ kid dentistry. Unlike some other methods of sedation, the effects of nitrous oxide are not long-lasting. While the gas goes to work immediately during your procedure, once the mask is removed, the effects wear off within minutes. In fact, nitrous oxide is the only form of sedation where patients are allowed to drive after the procedure and eat within 12 hours.
What Will I Experience If I Have a Dental Procedure Done with Laughing Gas?
When you’re sedated with laughing gas, you’ll remember little from the procedure. Generally, patients who have been given laughing gas experience: Warm, tingling sensations, particularly in the arms and legs Feelings of well-being and euphoria; patients may feel as if they’re floating Sleepiness and difficulty keeping their eyes open .
Because of those warm, positive sensations, our patients at Ansh Dental Clinic located at S.V Road Jogeshwari find nitrous oxide is excellent for helping them overcome fear and anxiety during dental procedures. And speaking of those dental procedures, we recommend that you come in every 6 months for a checkup.
If you’re due for an appointment, you can schedule one by calling our office
We look forward to seeing you!