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Five Reasons to Ask for Nitrous Oxide During Your Next Appointment

Nitrous oxide, aka “laughing gas” has been safely used in dental offices across the country for decades. Here are five reasons why: 

You Have Sensitive Teeth 

Laughing gas can be turned on before it’s time to numb your teeth, allowing it to take effect before the local anesthetic is injected or has time to start working. 

You Tend to Have a Sensitive Gag Reflex, Too 

If the idea of having someone work on your teeth already gives you a tickle in the back of your throat, you’re not the only one who is worried about it — your dentist is, too! A sensitive gag reflex is difficult for everyone, and your dentist wants to work efficiently. Adding nitrous oxide can help to calm the gagging sensations involved. 

You’re a Little Nervous 

It’s normal to feel nervous about having any type of a procedure done, even if you love your dentist! Laughing gas helps to reduce your anxiety, so that you can feel calm while catching up on the treatment you know you really need. 

The Appointment Might Last Longer than Usual 

Maybe you want to have a couple of treatments combined into one appointment, or it’s the first time to get a crown (and you’re only used to fillings.) With nitrous oxide, you won’t care as much about what’s going on, so the extra time won’t be a problem. 

You Want Sedation, Without the Down Time

With laughing gas, you get all of the effects of a mild analgesic without being “completely knocked out.” Plus, the gas wears off quickly once it’s turned down, allowing you to be level headed enough to drive yourself home afterward without any lingering drowsiness.

Ask your dentist to add laughing gas onto your next appointment!

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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