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