Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is commonly used to help patients relax and feel at ease during their visit. For patients who feel especially anxious about visiting the dentist, nitrous oxide can help make them comfortable enough to experience a healthy routine of oral health care.
Laughing gas is administered through a mask that you wear over your nose. As you inhale the nitrous oxide, you immediately exhale it through the mouth, so the sedative doesn’t remain in your system. In fact, the sedative effects will wear off almost immediately after removing the mask! This makes it possible for you to benefit from its use and still have the ability to drive home without assistance. Nitrous oxide is safe for most patients, including children.
Patients who need to arrange a longer or more involved restorative dental procedure can feel uneasy about their upcoming experience. To make your visits easier and more comfortable, we may recommend including the use of sedation. In doing so, we can provide a service that takes more time, or one that enacts more changes to your tooth structure, while making you feel more at ease.
Some patients can benefit from sedation during less involved procedures, including general dental exams. If dental anxiety prevents you from scheduling appointments, we can discuss the role of nitrous oxide in making your visits easier and more comfortable.
Through the use of nitrous oxide, our practice can provide an important degree of relief as you undergo dental care! If you would like to learn more about the role of sedation in treatment, reach out to Central Park Dentistry today at 641-228-1115.