Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is used as a mild sedative. It is delivered through a nose hood, and is administered throughout the entire procedure. Nitrous oxide elevates your general mood and can evoke a general sense of well-being while you are sitting at the chair. Most importantly, it relieves anxiety and reduces pain during your dental procedure.
Nitrous oxide does not put you to sleep. You can still respond to your dentist’s requests and answer questions. Your speech may be slightly slurred, and your responses may be slower than usual. In general, you will be relaxed and cooperative. You will know when you are receiving an injection, and you may even feel it. But you probably won’t care. Your breathing and heartbeat will still be normal.
To prepare for the procedure please follow the following instructions:
- Nothing by mouth (food or drink) 2 hours prior to procedure
- Eat a light nutritious meal. ( Do not miss a meal)
- Avoid fatty foods in the proceeding meal.
- Do not wear contact lenses.
- Wear loose fitting clothing.
- Go to the washroom before the procedure begins.
- No alcohol or CNS depressants ( Valium).
- If you have a cold or are having problems breathing through your nose or have sinus problems, please inform us prior to your appointment.
- Patients can drive themselves home unescorted after the procedure PROVIDED they display signs of full recover