How Does Nitrous Oxide Work?

If you suffer from anxiety related to the dentist office, despite what you may think, you’re not alone. What most Americans don’t know is that right around 15% of us deal with fear of getting dental work done – that’s about 30 – 40 million people! For our patients, dental fears can come about in many ways but luckily can be easily overcome if treated properly.

Through our many years of experience, we’ve seen thousands of patients with dental related anxiety, whether it be for something that happened 35 years ago when they were a child, or something that’s never happened but they have worked up the anxiety in their own mind. It can be difficult to know how to treat each patient with different symptoms – but not if you’ve had the proper training and the right tools to ease the patient’s anxieties and fears.

Q: What is Used For Common Dental Anxieties?

A: For the common dental fears that we see exhibited in most patients, we recommend the use of nitrous oxide aka; Laughing Gas.

Q: What Exactly is Laughing Gas?

A: This safe yet effective sedative is an agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a mask that is worn by the patient prior to undergoing a procedure. It’s incredibly effective in lightly sedating the patient to a ‘twilight state’ and eases most patients’ anxiety related to their procedure.

Q: What Can I Expect?

A: You’ll be put into a twilight state but you will be able to hear and respond to requests or directions given by the staff. You can expect to feel a little tingling in your limbs and some patients have noted that their limbs also feel heavy.

Q: Is Nitrous Oxide Safe for Me?

A: YES – nitrous oxide is absolutely okay to consume before your procedure and the best part is that you’ll be back to normal again after your appointment. The effects of the gas typically wear off as soon as the mask is removed.

At our office we want you to feel as comfortable as possible when receiving treatment of any kind. If you’re feeling uneasy about an upcoming appointment or procedure, please call the office and let us know – we’d love to make you feel comfortable and at home any way we can.

We look forward to meeting you and easing your dental anxiety!