Nitrous Oxide, more commonly referred to as laughing gas, is a form of inhalation sedation regularly used in dentist offices. If you are in need of a dental procedure such as a root canal I say strap on the mask and let the nitrous oxide do what it is supposed to…get you buzzed.
Laughing gas is primarily used by dentists to alleviate tension and anxiety in their patients. Moments after putting the mask over your nose you will begin breathing in nitrous oxide which will almost instantly make you feel completely relaxed. You may even find that you have a smile on your face. Imagine that…smiling while waiting for your dentist to begin your root canal?
One of the best features of Nitrous Oxide is that if you are trying it for the first time and you aren’t comfortable with the way it makes you feel, the effects can be stopped almost immediately by stopping the flow of the nitrous oxide that you are inhaling. Presto! Back to your normal self again.
If you have never used laughing gas for a dental procedure you may be wondering what the effects of inhaling the nitrous oxide are. Here is how it is most commonly described:
- slightly euphoric
- sense of well being
- feeling of calmness
- increased pain threshold
- tingling sensation throughout body
- warm sensation
Say you have to go to a cool dentist and have endodontic treatment, more commonly known as a root canal, and you are really nervous about the pain associated with this procedure. One of the ways to help you through your anxiety is the use of laughing gas. So you may ask yourself, “Do all dentists use nitrous oxide?“.
The answer is no. For some reason some dentist offices do not see the benefit to having this as an option in their practice. I guess it is just a personal choice for the dentist. The best way is to ask on the phone prior to making your appointment with the office. If the answer is no, I say find another office.
There are sites out there that will do the work for you. One that I found was the Sedation Dentist Network. This site will provide certified dentists in your area who believe that a patients relaxation it a huge part of their dental visit.
If you have to have a dental procedure like teeth whitening or a root canal, why not do it with a smile on your face?