Nitrous oxide is a clear, faintly sweet-smelling gas that is administered through a comfortable mask that is placed over the nose for the entire duration of a dental procedure. It can be used to relieve dental anxiety or in conjunction with a local anesthetic to offer patients a completely relaxed, painless experience. To learn more about sedation dentistry or schedule your next visit with our team, please contact our office!
Will laughing gas make me laugh?
Nitrous oxide is commonly known as laughing gas because it puts patients in a relaxed state of contentment, but it can also make patients feel loopy or giddy. While it’s possible you may laugh during your procedure, you should expect to feel more calm and happy during your visit, and it shouldn’t cause any kind of reaction that will interfere with your treatment.
Can I drive home after using nitrous oxide?
Patients who receive nitrous oxide sedation can typically drive themselves home after their appointment, as most of the effects of laughing gas subside after a few minutes of breathing normal air. You are also welcome to wait in our lobby for a little longer until you feel completely back to normal and ready to drive home.
What are the side effects of laughing gas?
Dizziness and nausea can be side effects of using laughing gas, so we recommend eating a light meal before your appointment to reduce your chances of experiencing those side effects. Other side effects include fatigue, headache, sweating, and shivering. However, side effects are usually mild and subside quickly when they do occur.