Nitrous oxide is one option we now offer at Smith & Jackson Family Dental to help you be more comfortable during dental procedures. Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is for adults and children, and can be a particularly helpful sedation method for those who are nervous about a pending treatment.
Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over the nose. As a patient breathes normally through their nose, they may feel a sense of relaxation, decrease in anxiety, and a tingling in arms and legs.
While breathing nitrous oxide, patients are able to hear and respond to questions and directions. Dental treatment is then initiated while the patient is calm and comfortable. After treatment is completed and within seconds after nitrous oxide is removed, the effects of the gas are no longer felt.
If you or your loved ones have anxiety about dental treatment, ask us about nitrous oxide. We are excited to be able to offer this trusted service to our patients!