Nitrous oxide, sometimes referred to as “laughing gas,” is an effective and safe sedation agent that is inhaled through a mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. Mixed with oxygen, nitrous oxide allows you to breathe normally through your nose, and within minutes you should start to feel the effects. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some patients comment that their legs and arms feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel comfortable and calm. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly after the small mask is removed. Talk to the doctor about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you.
For patients with more complex procedures, or have a fear of dental procedures, minimal sedation may help. If you are a good candidate upon a medical review, we can use minimal sedation during your procedure. Please note that you are required to have an escort drive you to and from your appointment.
Refer to the attached information for instructions before and after your sedation appointment.