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Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide is administered with a comfortable mask that fits over your nose. You will be asked by the dental staff to breathe through your nose and out through your mouth — and within 30 seconds to a couple minutes, you will start to feel the positive effects of the gas. With nitrous, you will feel pleasantly relaxed, happy, and comfortable — without any fear or anxiety. You will be so relaxed that after about 10 minutes,the doctor can safely and successfully complete your scheduled dental procedure(s). At the conclusion of the procedure, you will breathe pure oxygen for 8 minutes, which will completely evacuate the remaining nitrous gas from your body. You will leave the office under your own power, able to drive, and return to work or school.
Nitrous oxide has very few side effects. Some patients may experience nausea if a high dose is administered, which is why we will encourage you to not eat anything for about 2 – 3 hours before your procedure. Sometimes, patients who are claustrophobic have trouble with nitrous, because of the nasal hood.
Oral Conscious Sedation (Sleep Dentistry)