Nitrous oxide (N2O), more popularly referred to as laughing gas, is a mild sedative substance that safely and effectively manages anxiety and pain during dental treatment. The odorless and colorless laughing gas is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask worn over your nose. Patients are asked to breathe naturally and feel the effects of nitrous oxide within minutes.
In contrast to its name, laughing gas doesn’t necessarily make you laugh. It simply slows down your nervous system to make you feel less inhibited. You may feel tingly, light-headed, or heaviness in your legs or arms. Overall, you’ll be comfortable and calm throughout the procedure.
Inhaling nitrous oxide during an oral procedure offers the following benefits:
When the gas is inhaled, it helps you relax throughout the treatment process.
Nitrous oxide doesn’t put you to sleep. You can hear and respond to your dentist’s instructions and questions. Plus, the effects wear off faster by breathing pure oxygen through a mask.
If you receive oral sedation, you’ll need someone to drive you home so you can recover properly, but this is different with laughing gas. You’ll be able to return to work or school after your dentist appointment.
When the gas is inhaled, it’s normal to feel light-headed, tingly, or like your limbs are heavy. These symptoms wear off almost immediately after pulling off the breathing mask.
The total cost of laughing gas depends on the following factors:
We are deliberate in providing you with quality oral care at fair prices, and that is why we accept no-interest financing plans through CareCredit®.
If you have any questions concerning laughing gas, don’t hesitate to contact our office in Hermitage, TN. We are always here for our patients all through the year.
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Inhaled sedation such as laughing gas keeps you conscious and relaxed while undergoing oral treatment. Contact our office today to schedule your dental treatment.