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Aug
9

What Is It Like to Experience Laughing Gas?

If you’ve never had laughing gas, you’re probably curious about how it feels. And if you’re anxious about dental treatment, how could laughing gas improve your next appointment?

What Is Laughing Gas?

Laughing gas is the layman’s term for nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is a combination of nitrogen and oxygen gas. These two gases flow through a delivery system and soft nosepiece to the patient. They are controlled so that you can adjust their levels as needed.

A trained and qualified dental professional administers the gas while you relax in the chair. You will be given just enough nitrogen so that you get the sedative benefits it offers. Your oxygen level will be closely monitored so that you remain fully conscious.

What You Will Experience

The nitrogen is safe to breathe in and it has no lasting effects on your body. You’ll be back to normal within minutes after your procedure. While you are inhaling it, however, it alters your perception of what’s going on around you.

Patients report a variety of sensations. You may also experience things like:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Tingling or lack of sensation in your limbs
  • Blurred vision
  • A relaxed feeling
  • Foggy memory
  • And, sometimes, a case of the giggles!

Who Can Benefit

This sedation technique is used to relieve anxiety and dull pain perception. A local anesthetic would also be used, if needed, but the laughing gas will help you to not mind the needles a single bit. Children, individuals with special needs, and anyone with dental anxiety can benefit from the help of a little laughing gas. Ask your dentist about the sedation techniques available during your next visit.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

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