What is it? And what does it do?
Nitrous oxide better known as “Laughing gas,” is an option Dr. Aydin or Dr. Mossad may offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. For anxious or nervous patients we offer nitrous oxide better known as "laughing gas." Nitrous oxide is a very safe and effective anti-anxiety gas that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. Within a couple minutes you will begin to feel calm and relaxed. The effects of laughing gas are readily reversible by simply breathing the room air from your mouth.
You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have. You simply breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs and some patients may feel sleepy. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy as well. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of the gas wear off soon after the mask is removed and breathing room air. There is no after effects and you will feel completely normal once the procedure has been completed.
How is nitrous oxide administered?
The equipment used for delivering “laughing gas” is very simple. It consists of a supply of compressed gases and an apparatus which delivers the gases to the patient through a nose mask.
The desired mix is fed through a tube to which a nose mask or cannula is attached. All you have to do now is breathe normally through your nose. Dr. Mossad and Aydin will titrate your levels to ensure you are comfortable throughout the procedure.
Once your procedure is completed you will be given 100% oxygen to reverse the effects of the laughing gas. You will then feel completely normal and can continue with the rest of your day.
Consult with Dr. Mossad or Dr. Aydin today about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you.