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What is Laughing Gas (Nitrous)?

Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, is a safe and effective sedative agent that is a mixture of nitrogen and oxygen that is inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose. It’s used to help you relax. It doesn’t put you to sleep, so you can still hear and respond just fine. If you have fear or anxiety when it comes to going to the dentist, laughing gas may be a great way to help you relax.

The three effects of laughing gas are:

  1. It reduces anxiety, taking away your fear.
  2. It eases pain. If your teeth are sensitive, it is especially helpful during cleanings.
  3. It creates euphoria, so you feel all kinds of good.

When we administer laughing gas, we have you breathe normally through your nose, with the mask on. In a few minutes, you’ll start to feel the effects. You may feel light-headed, or you may feel a tingling sensation in your arms and legs. Some people go the opposite route, with their arms and legs feeling heavy.

The best part is, it is flushed out of your system after a few minutes of breathing oxygen, so you can get right back to your day.

“I’m constantly surprised by how many people do not ask for nitrous. I am a huge advocate of it. I know it seems strange that someone who works in the dental field would have dental anxiety, but it’s there and it’s very real. Nitrous has helped me through every procedure I’ve had, and yes, even my cleanings.” ~Bridgette, Rigby Dental’s Office Manager

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