How Laughing Gas WorksMany dentists use laughing gas, which is just a mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen, to help reduce anxiety and make patients more comfortable. Nitrous oxide can help minimize any pain associated with dental treatment. Even though this is a form of sedation dentistry, patients will remain conscious throughout their appointment.
Is It Safe?Nitrous oxide is deemed safe by the American Dental Association. However, one reason that it’s safe to use in dentistry is that the patient, as well as the dosage, is monitored the entire time.
Side EffectsAnother great thing about nitrous oxide is that there are few side effects, and the medication wears off quickly. Most patients can return to their normal day after treatment. Keep in mind that we may still recommend that someone drive you after your appointment. Patients may also get giggly, hence the name laughing gas. This happens because of the way nitrous oxide interacts with the brain. Patients may also feel relaxed, euphoric, and tingling in the extremities. Some other common, yet temporary, side effects of laughing gas that can be felt during or after administration include:
Who Should Get Laughing Gas?Laughing gas isn’t for everyone, so make sure to talk with your dentist in Austin to see if it’s a good option for you. Some people that may benefit from laughing gas or another form of sedation dentistry include those who:
- Will be having a longer procedure
- Have trouble sitting still
- Have a strong gag reflex
- Experience dental fear