Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide sedation is a very effective way to help you stay relaxed and comfortable during a dental procedure. It is a very light form of sedation, which works fast and wears off quickly.


What is Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

Nitrous oxide, often called “laughing gas” is a colorless gas that we can give you to help you relax. It is very safe when professionally administered, and it works extremely well to reduce the anxieties in many dental patients. Approximately one-third of all dentists use nitrous oxide in their offices. It is often used to sedate a patient for a short period of time, or in conjunction with another sedation dentistry medication.


Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation for me?

Here at Dental Associates of Delaware, our dentists have been trained exactly when and how to administer nitrous oxide, so feel free to ask if it is right for your situation. We want to sedate you only as much as necessary, but there are other methods of conscious sedation dentistry available if nitrous oxide is not enough for you to feel comfortable. In general, it delivers a very good, light sedation for patients who have some minor discomfort with dental visits, especially during some more invasive procedures. Very often it is used for a short period of time when your dentist is drilling or pulling a tooth and thinks sedation dentistry would make things less stressful for you. Sometimes it is used in conjunction with other sedatives to keep patients very relaxed and totally comfortable.