How Does Nitrous Oxide Work

How Does Nitrous Oxide Work

Posted by Dr. Alicia Abeyta DDS FAGD on Mar 19 2014, 02:18 AM

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a form of sedation dentistry. This gas is administered through a small mask that is placed over your nose to help you relax during your dental procedure. The effects of nitrous are immediate, and the gas will be turned off during your procedure.

Nitrous oxide is a safe form of sedation for most patients, and it can be used for mild to moderate cases of dental anxiety. The mask is very comfortable, and you’ll often feel a light tingling sensation. The effects of nitrous wear off quickly, so you’ll be able to drive yourself home from your dental visit.

Is it safe?

Nitrous oxide is very safe. In fact, it is one of the safest sedatives used in dentistry. It is administered through a mask that is placed over your nose. You will be able to breathe normally through your nose and mouth while wearing it.

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