Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry with Laughing Gas

Laughing Gas sedation is for patients who are mildly or moderately anxious or nervous. The gas is a combination of NO2 and oxygen. The colorless, odorless, and non-irritating mixture is known as laughing gas. The gas typically produces pleasant sensations that can help a patient relax. It eases their anxieties so that they can receive treatment comfortably and safely.

The doctor administers the gas by placing a small hood over the patient's nose. As the gas takes effect, the patient becomes relaxed but is still awake and can communicate.

After a patient's treatment, the doctor turns off the NO2 leaving the oxygen running for several minutes to promote recovery. The oxygen helps to flush any lingering gas from the lungs. The effects of sedation wear off quickly, usually in five to fifteen minutes.

Patients should be able to drive themselves home after receiving laughing gas, but they will need to wait until fully alert.

Patients, please ask your dentist when it is safe to drive after receiving gas.

While most people do not experience any adverse side effects from Laughing Gas, a small number of people do.

Keep meals light before sedation appointments to reduce the risk of nausea.

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, talk to your medical and dental provider before receiving Laughing Gas.

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