Laughing Gas

Dentist and assistant in exam room with woman in chair smiling If you are scared about going to the dentist, we want to help! We offer laughing gas as a sedative during any procedure from a routine cleaning to a tooth extraction. Fear or anxiety about going to the dentist is much more common than you think. If you believe you are the only one who suffers from dental phobia, know that you are not alone. Millions of Americans endure great stress when going to the dentist, and others simply will not go at all.

Nitrous Oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, has been used as a sedative since 1844. It was first used for a tooth extraction and is still being used by dentists over 170 years later. As technology has advanced, we have been able to perfect the way it is delivered. We now have machines that mix nitrous oxide with oxygen to deliver a precise dose for each patient.

Laughing gas is used in both dentistry and oral surgery as an anesthetic and an analgesic. An anesthetic helps your mind and muscles relax, but not to the point of unconsciousness. Analgesic simply means it works as a painkiller as well. In the cases of more painful/less routine procedures, it may be used in combination with a local anesthetic to numb your mouth.

Don’t worry—laughing gas won’t cause you to start giggling during your dental exam. It earned this nickname because of its euphoric effects. In other words, you may feel extreme joy, happiness, and a high sense of well-being. Most importantly, it will help ease your fears and anxieties.

Don’t hesitate to ask us about using laughing gas during your next dentist visit if you are feeling nervous or scared about your appointment. Contact us to schedule your next appointment with Dental Innovations.