The Use of Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

for Dental Procedures

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a sedative and analgesic agent that is mixed with oxygen to help you relax during certain dental procedures. It is safe and effective for helping patients remain calm and comfortable during oral surgeries such as removal of wisdom teeth, placement of dental implants, for long dental procedures, and patients with sensitive teeth or bad gag reflexes. The main benefit of using this type of sedation is that it will help prevent any dental/oral pain by calming your body and blocking the sensation of pain from your brain. Nitrous Oxide is inhaled through a small mask that fits over a patient’s nose. You will breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide.

dentist puts inhalation sedative mask on his patient.

How Will Inhaling Nitrous Oxide Make Me Feel?

Within a few minutes after inhaling ‘laughing gas’, many people experience a euphoric feeling, which is how nitrous oxide got its name. You may feel light-headed and experience a tingling sensation in your arms and legs. You will remain conscious and be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions given to you by your dentist. Most importantly, nitrous oxide will help you to feel calm and comfortable during your dental procedure. The effects of nitrous oxide will wear off soon after the mask is removed.

If you feel that you might want to use nitrous oxide for an upcoming dental procedure, Dr. Park will be glad to talk to you about whether it would be a good option for you.