Also known as Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is often a regular part of sedation treatments. It has been used by dentists for nearly 100 years to alleviate pain and some anxiety. It is an excellent analgesic (pain reliever), but a less effective anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) medication. It is administered through a nasal hood, which is similar to a small cup placed over your nose. It is extremely safe because it is mixed directly with oxygen to provide you with a feeling of euphoria. You may experience tingling fingers and numb lips from the use of nitrous oxide. In combination with the use of an oral sedative, it is a fantastic adjunct that allows your dentist to be able to fine tune the exact amount of sedation needed to provide you with the best possible experience.
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