Laughing gas is a kind breathable gas known by many names such as inhalation sedation, nitrous, and nitrous oxide (N2O). It is a colorless, odorless, non-irritating gas.
When laughing gas is combined with oxygen, it helps patients to feel more at ease during dental procedures. It was discovered in the late 1700’s that it helped to reduce pain and caused a pleasurable sensation and it is often used during pediatric dentistry.
Nitrous oxide is said to induce a state of euphoria for patients. This can be especially helpful for those who are nervous about dental procedures.
It works within a few minutes to relieve pain and induce relaxation. The best part is that it doesn’t cause a hangover because the gas leaves the bloodstream within minutes.
It is said that Nitrous oxide alone is safe to breathe for short periods of time. If it is mixed with air, the pairing makes it safer for much longer periods of time. Most people report an enjoyable feeling of drowsiness and relaxation when they breathe nitrous oxide.
When you’re treated with laughing gas, you’ll experience:
- Warm, tingling sensations, particularly in the arms and legs
- Feelings of well-being and euphoria; patients may feel as if they’re floating
- Sleepiness and difficulty keeping their eyes open
Because of those warm, positive sensations, our patients find nitrous oxide is excellent for helping them overcome fear and anxiety during dental procedures.