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Five Facts About Nitrous Oxide

January 22, 2021
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Posted By: Anderson Dental
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Most people have heard of nitrous oxide, better known as “laughing gas.” If you have, then you'll know it's commonly used as a sedative by dentists, and as the name suggests, it's a stress-free application!

Patients near Champaign who have dental anxiety or feel nervous about a dental procedure might find a wonderful solution in sedation dentistry.

If you're interested in learning more about nitrous oxide, we invite you to read further!

Sedation Dentistry Can Help You Disconnect

“Laughing Gas” is the common name for nitrous oxide. Dr. Scott Anderson and his team of dental professionals can safely administer this oxygen mixture through a mask during the procedure. While laughing gas won't send you into fits of laughter, it also won't put you to sleep like other sedative options. Instead, patients can enjoy a dream-like state with some tingling. Patients often feel somewhat disconnected and generally numb, almost as if they are floating.

They will still be able to talk to and communicate with our dental team during the entire dental process. Laughing gas can make any treatment, including dental cleanings and exams, comfortable and relaxing.

Laughing Gas Is Easily Administered

Few things are simple and straightforward as administering nitrous oxide. Instead of medication, shots, or IVs, we use a facemask to transmit a mix of oxygen and nitrous oxide. Patients need to breathe as normal. The anesthetic quickly absorbs into the lungs for quick-acting effects.

Once the facemask is removed, the effects wear off almost immediately. Patients can drive themselves home after their dental appointment.

The Benefits of Laughing Gas

At Anderson Dental, we enjoy using nitrous oxide since the dentist can control the level of sedation. It takes a few minutes to set in and can dissipate just as quickly. Additionally, laughing gas is safe for the heart, brain, lungs, kidneys, and liver, making it a stable option for children, patients with disabilities, and patients suffering from dental anxiety.

As soon as we apply the face mask, patients can rely on prompt sedative effects. 

Contact Anderson Dental to Schedule An Appointment!

Laughing gas is a safe and pain-free approach that does not harm your health or well-being. Patients often report feeling disoriented and relaxed, but these effects disappear as soon as we turn off and remove the face mask. There are no lingering after-effects or hangovers, and patients can safely drive themselves home. 

If you are interested in learning about sedation dentistry in Champaign, or are ready to schedule an appointment, call today at (217) 356-7334!

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