To help our patients cope with the discomforts of dental anxiety, we offer laughing gas during our treatments to help you relax. Laughing gas (also known as nitrous oxide) is a clear, odorless gas mixed with oxygen which you inhale through a mask over the nose.
Dentists have been using this analgesic sedative for over 150 years now to help patients feel safe and relaxed. Laughing gas is safe to use for most patients, including children, and is carefully monitored by checking blood pressure, heart rate and breathing during its administration.
What can you expect with laughing gas? After about five minutes of breathing it in, you begin to feel euphoria as your body relaxes. You may feel light-headed and even get the giggles–which is where the name came from! After it is administered, within five minutes you can expect to feel a tingling sensation in the body, especially in the arms and legs, followed by a feeling of warmth, well-being, euphoria and even floating.
Because laughing gas is not intended to put you to sleep, you will still be able to hear your surroundings and be able to respond to questions during the procedure. Since laughing gas is administered by mask, if at any time you feel anything unpleasant you can let us know and we can adjust the dosage of the nitrous oxide.
At Atwood Family Dental we strive to give you the quality care you deserve along with the best possible experience. To learn more about laughing gas or if you have any questions, you can reach our Atwood Family Dental team in Odessa, Texas at 432.227.2300 today!