Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax.
Nitrous oxide sometimes called “laughing gas” is one option Dr. Z may offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions Dr. Z or her professional staff may have. Dr. Z will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes, you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel light-headed or tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.
One of the forms of treatment our dental clinic in Plano, TX, may use in certain situations is nitrous oxide or laughing gas.
At our dentist in 75093, laughing gas is typically used as anesthesia to help patients undergoing procedures such as fillings, crowns, and complex tooth extractions.
This is so that patients can remain awake and lucid during procedures and don’t have to be concerned with the risks of being put under full local anesthesia.