Most of our patients are already familiar with nitrous oxide. It is also known as “laughing gas” and has been used safely and effectively in dentistry for decades to help alleviate anxiety in both children and adults. Nitrous oxide is a gas that's administered through the nose and exhaled through the mouth, eliminating it from the body almost immediately. Before receiving dental treatment, a mask is placed over the nose of the patient. This allows the dentist to work on the mouth uninterrupted.
Nitrous oxide sedation was originally used for recreational purposes. It wasn't until the mid-1800s that this "laughing gas" was provided as a general anesthetic during surgery. Up until then, medical and dental surgery was done without any anesthetic at all! Now nitrous oxide is combined with oxygen in order to produce a calming effect while patients remain conscious. And it's so gentle that patients can resume normal activities and drive themselves home following dental treatments.
When administered correctly, nitrous oxide sedation is a safe, effective way to eliminate dental anxiety. Dentists and dental hygienists must complete the appropriate coursework to administer nitrous oxide, and many states require a permit to obtain it.
If you're avoiding the dentist out of fear, nitrous oxide can help you get the professional dental care you need. Ask Dr. Hubler how Nitrous can help make your dental care less stressful and allow you to get the healthy smile you want and deserve.