Nitrous oxide helps ease the anxiety of the dental visit and is proven to aid in pain reduction. It can also lessen the amount of local anesthetic you may need for a given procedure. Levels can be easily adjusted for the best possible effect for each individual.
When properly administered, nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a very safe, effective way to relieve anxiety and discomfort that may accompany dental work. Studies show that a moderate level can be as effective as 15 mg of morphine. Many often say that they cannot remember feeling much at all after treatment.
The effects of laughing gas generally begin to work very quickly, helping you to feel sedate and comfortable. You recover completely and quickly after breathing oxygen for a few minutes afterwards. The effects you felt while breathing laughing gas do not linger; you leave the office without side effects.
Are There Reasons I Shouldn’t Use Laughing Gas?
While few, there are some reasons why you shouldn’t use nitrous oxide, including:
For a few of us, nitrous oxide may cause nausea, dizziness. Usually, once the gas has been turned off, within 5 minutes the feeling tends to go away.
Alan Cooper, DDS, PS
207 SW 156th Street, Suite 6
Burien, WA 98166