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Is ‘Laughing Gas’ Safe?

Popularly known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide has been used as a sedative in dentistry for decades. As you seek the best dental care for yourself and your family, you may wonder: Is it safe to use this gas to relax through dental procedures?

What It Is

Nitrous oxide is administered at the same time as oxygen through a little hood that sits over your nose. The dentist or licensed staff member monitors the flow of the gases and adjusts them according to your needs. Laughing gas has an effect within minutes that it’s inhaled and it can be shut off instantly.

Effects on the Body

When using nitrous oxide, you may experience sensations such as:

  • Tingling in the limbs
  • Light-headedness
  • A feeling of well-being
  • Relaxation
  • Dulled pain sensation

Unlike oral sedation that can interact with other medication, nitrous has no such influence. No one can be allergic to it, and it completely leaves the body within minutes of breathing in regular air. When administered by the trained professionals in your dental office, the gas is perfectly safe and has no lasting effects on the body.

Benefits of Nitrous Oxide

It is generally easier to regulate the level of sedation when using nitrous oxide than oral or IV sedation. Here are a few of the benefits:

  • The gas can be reversed within minutes
  • You will remain conscious and able to answer questions during treatment
  • You can drive home afterwards with no side-effects
  • There’s no chance of sedation wearing off during treatment

Nitrous oxide could make dental treatment much easier for your young children and can ease dental anxiety in almost anyone. Is laughing gas right for you? Contact your local dentist to find out which sedation options are available.

Posted on behalf of:
Spanaway Family Dentistry
20709 Mountain Hwy E #101
Spanaway, WA 98387
(253) 948-0880


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