Do you ever experience dental anxiety and avoid having dental treatment because of your fears? If so, you are not alone. In fact, dental anxiety can stem from a variety of reasons, ranging from fear of pain, fear of helplessness and loss of control, or embarrassment from having someone in your personal space. To help our patients cope with this discomfort, and to help you relax, laughing gas may be helpful during your treatment.
Laughing gas (or nitrous oxide) is a clear, odorless gas which is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a mask to experience its sedative effects. Dentists have been using this analgesic sedative for more than 150 years to help patients feel calm. Laughing gas is safe for most patients, and while it is being administered your blood pressure, heart rate and breathing is monitored to make sure.
Essentially, laughing gas kills pain while making you feel good. After about five minutes of breathing in the gas, you will start to feel euphoria as your body relaxes. You may also feel light-headed and possibly get the giggles (which is where the term laughing gas came from). Because the gas is not designed to put you to sleep, you should still be able to hear and respond to your dental team during the procedure.
When it is first administered, you may experience a tingling sensation in your body, especially in your limbs, followed by a feeling of warmth, well-being, euphoria and even floating. Since laughing gas is administered by mask, if at any time you feel anything unpleasant you can let your dentist know so that the dosage of nitrous oxide can be adjusted.
At Sandor Family Dentistry, we work to give you quality dental care and the best possible experience, so don’t let dental anxiety prevent you from getting the treatment you need. For more information, please call us at 732-462-8877