Nitrous Oxide…also known as laughing gas, is a colorless, odorless to sweet-smelling inorganic gas that is a safe and effective means of managing pain and anxiety in dentistry. Laughing gas is safe use for both adults and children and clears rapidly from the body so that patients do not require a driver to safely get home from their appointment.
Dental anxiety and phobia are extremely common. It has been estimated that up to 25% of Americans avoid seeing the dentist because of anxiety and fear. Due to lack of care, people with dental phobia have a higher risk of gum disease and early tooth loss. If you have been putting off dental work because of dental anxiety we can help.
Nitrous oxide is extremely safe to use and only a minority of patients experience any negative side effects. These can occur if the nitrous level is too high or if the amount being inhaled quickly changes. Side effects can include headache, nausea and vomiting, excessive sweating and fatigue. It’s a good idea to eat lightly prior to your procedure and avoid a big meal for three hours after your appointment.
If you are anxious about your dental procedure please take care to share your concerns with us. Most patients find that nitrous oxide allows them to comfortably complete most dental procedures. Although there are very few contraindications for usage of nitrous oxide, please make us aware if your are pregnant, have been recently ill with a cold or congestion or have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Although the gas has been used for a long time, the exact mechanism of its action in the body is incompletely understood, in part because the various effects depend upon different reactions. It is clear, however, that nitrous oxide affects nervous system producing anti-anxiety, analgesic and euphoric effects. Most importantly, laughing gas makes you feel relaxed so that you can have a comfortable dental experience.
At Spring Creek Dental, we believe you deserve quality care and want you to have a positive experience during your time with us. If you have been delaying treatment because of dental anxiety, we want to change that. We invite you to give us a call 715-381-9710 today and let us put your fears to rest!