Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is the most frequently used method for easing mild to moderate anxiety for patients. Administered through a small mask that fits over your nose, it is an effective way to lessen anxiety. You will be asked to breathe through your nose and not through your mouth. As the combined oxygen and nitrous oxide gases begin to work you may feel you are relaxing more into the dental chair and sounds may be more distant. You may also feel some tingling in your feet and fingertips. We will always monitor you and your vitals signs carefully to ensure your safety and well being.
At the end of your appointment, you will resume breathing normal air, and all the effects of nitrous oxide will disappear. You may drive after your appointment also.