What to Know About Nitrous Oxide at the Dentist

If you have an upcoming dental procedure and your dentist recommended nitrous oxide, which is also referred to as laughing gas, you most likely have several questions. This is completely understandable, which is why our knowledgeable New Jersey dental team is here to answer some of the most common questions we receive about nitrous oxide for dental procedures. Please continue reading and feel free to give us a call to learn more.

Why do dentists use laughing gas?

Essentially, laughing gas is a colorless, odorless gas, that when administered by a dental professional serves as an effective alternative to anesthesia. After numbing the area where the procedure will occur, such as wisdom teeth removal, your dentist will administer a dose of nitrous oxide, which is designed to help patients feel comfortable, relaxed, and may even cause a brief sensation of euphoria. When a procedure does not call for “going under,” laughing gas can be very useful in helping the patient cope with the procedure.

How does nitrous oxide work?

First, your dentist will gently place a mask over your nose, wherein you will be administered a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide. From here, it will help decrease pain, minimize your anxiety, and it will also release dopamine in your brain. In most cases, patients report that time passes quickly while on nitrous oxide, allowing them to feel comfortable while their dentist does his or her job.

Is nitrous oxide safe if used under the supervision of a dentist?

For most people, nitrous oxide is an entirely safe sedative when used under the supervision of a dentist. Laughing gas has been used for years, and at this point in time, dentists have the use of nitrous oxide down to a science. That being said, there is a chance that you may experience certain side effects, such as dizziness, a headache, or in the worst cases, vomiting, you should understand that this does not happen for the majority of patients. The bottom line is that if you are nervous about a certain procedure or your dentist believes nitrous oxide is best for your procedure, you should feel confident in the fact that it is almost always a safe and effective means of sedation.

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Dental Associates of Basking Ridge is a compassionate, gentle, and professional state-of-the-art dental practice serving Basking Ridge, Morris & Somerset County. Our office is always ready to greet our patients with a smile, take the time to answer any questions, and provide the quality dental services our patients expect. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!

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