Laughing gas isn’t just for dental treatment like fillings or root canals – it’s also very useful during everyday procedures like your routine cleaning. You might not have thought to ask for it before, but it’s not as uncommon as you might think. Why? Because some people even get nervous or have sensitive teeth and gums during their routine cleanings.
Nitrous oxide is a simple, easy way to relax during even preventive care appointments. The nosepiece delivery makes it easy to start, and you’ll begin feeling the effects of the gas within just a few minutes. Most people begin to feel relaxed, along with some tingling of the fingers or toes, as well as a warm sensation throughout their body. Nitrous oxide can be used as long as necessary, and is completely reversible in just 5 minutes or so. Once the gas is turned down, you are placed on 100% oxygen for at least 5 minutes as the nitrous particles are released by your respiratory system. That means you can return to work, school, or any other commitments after your dental appointment.
The fees for nitrous oxide use are very minimal if at all. Some types of treatments plans automatically include nitrous gas as part of the fee estimate. Just ask your dentist! Even if it is a fee-per-use, it is typically modest and very affordable. It might be the best thing that you’ve ever done during a dental appointment!
You don’t deserve to feel nervous and jumpy when it comes to taking care of your smile. Feel free to ask your dental office about including laughing gas during your next visit.
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