laughing gas

Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, is an excellent way to combat anxiety for most dental procedures. The mildest form of sedation we use, nitrous oxide, is inhaled through a small mask that rests over your nose. Nitrous oxide gas is odorless and is used in combination with pure oxygen to induce a feeling of relaxation and well-being during treatment. We can easily customize the level of sedation for each patient, which takes effect within minutes.

Being a mild sedative, you won’t experience any short-term memory loss as you might with other forms of sedation. At the end of treatment, the sedative effect caused by the laughing gas dissipates almost immediately when the mask is removed, and you will be able to return home with zero lasting effects. You don’t need an escort to or from your appointment if you use only nitrous oxide for sedation.

‘‘They seriously think of everything! From offering the remote control to watch HGTV, to offering a blanket to keep you warm if you get chilled during treatment, to sunglasses so you can relax, to a smoothie at the end of your visit. I can’t think of another thing I might want or need! 5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ’’
Jennifer Pierce


However, we do recommend that you avoid eating a big meal within 2 hours before your appointment. Nitrous oxide can make you feel nauseated, and having a very full stomach may worsen this nausea, and make you more likely to feel sick or even throw up. For obvious reasons, you’ll want to avoid that, if possible!
Within a few minutes, the effects of the laughing gas subside, and you return to your normal state. Unlike other forms of sedation, it has no long-term effects and you can typically drive yourself home after your procedure.

Nitrous oxide is often used to relieve pain during dental procedures. It can also help patients who are having anxiety that keeps them from being fully relaxed during their procedure.


A healthy smile is a beautiful smile.