Nitrous oxide sedation, or “laughing gas,” is a mild sedative that works via inhalation. It has been used by many dental and medical practitioners to help patients relax and receive the care they need with ease. Nitrous oxide is especially helpful for calming anxious children.
Nitrous oxide is a mixture of nitrogen and oxygen, and it is administered through a mask that is placed over your nose. While you will not loose consciousness, you will feel very relaxed. Many patients report a floating or euphoric feeling while under the influence of nitrous oxide sedation.
This form of sedation dentistry is extremely safe. It takes effect shortly after you begin inhaling the gas and wears off as soon as the mask is removed and does not have any lingering aftereffects, so you will be able to drive yourself home and resume your regular activities within a short period of the gas being stopped. Nitrous oxide is typically recommended for those who suffer mild anxiety when visiting the dental office.
If you have any questions about nitrous oxide in Bellevue, Washington, and if you want to schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Brian Han, please contact Newport Dental today at 425-641-5303. We are committed to your oral health and comfort.