Nitrous Oxide

At Smile Perfection, your comfort is Tucson, AZ, dentist Dr. Sharad Pandhi’s primary focus, so we have several anxiety- and pain-reducing methods available to our patients. One of our most commonly used dental sedation methods is nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas. You might not be giggling before it’s used, but chances are you won’t feel — or fret — much after you receive it.


What Is Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide is perhaps the most sought-after clinical sedative because it offers an ideal experience: a painkiller that induces a euphoric feeling. It is a safe and effective sedative that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a mask that fits over your nose. It is odorless, pleasant tasting, and typically begins to work within five minutes.
When laughing gas is first administered, you may feel:

  • Relaxed
  • A warm sense of well-being
  • Happy or silly
  • A tingling sensation
  • Numbness in your mouth, hands, or feet
  • Hearing changes
  • Sleepiness

 

You will remain alert and able to respond to Dr. Pandhi’s requests and questions while breathing nitrous oxide. It’s an effective option for increasing comfort, because relaxation occurs quickly and the depth of sedation can be increased or decreased, which few other sedation techniques allow.


FAQ

Is nitrous oxide conscious sedation?

Yes, nitrous oxide is a form of conscious sedation. You will be fully awake and alert during treatment, but your feelings of fear and anxiety will be alleviated.

Will my appointment be painless with nitrous oxide?

Laughing gas alleviates the discomfort and anxiety associated with some treatments. Prior to your treatment, Dr. Pandhi will discuss which pain management and sedation options are best for you.

Is nitrous oxide safe?

Nitrous oxide is considered extremely safe. Side effects occur rarely and include dizziness, nausea, and headaches.

Call Smile Perfection at 520-293-2166 to schedule a consultation with our Tucson dentist Sharad Pandhi, D.D.S., and find out more about nitrous oxide and how we provide a comfortable dental experience.