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Laughing Gas

Laughing Gas Dentist Alliston, ON – Relaxation Dentistry | Dr. Oksana

Just breathe deeply

Nitrous oxide is a sedative delivered in the form of a gas, precisely mixed with oxygen. You may have heard it called “laughing gas” due to the carefree state of mind it induces. You simply inhale the pleasantly-scented gas through a nose mask. Within a few minutes, you become unconcerned about the sights, smells, sounds, and activities taking place around you. Some patients doze off. However, you remain conscious, breathe normally on your own, and can communicate with the dental team. There is low risk of drug interaction with other medications, and nitrous oxide can be safely administered to children after age six.

Your wellbeing is carefully monitored throughout treatment. Small adjustments are made to the flow of gas to ensure a comfortable experience. The sedative effect wears off quickly after the gas is stopped, and residual side effects such as headache or nausea are rare. You can return to work, school, or other activities, and it is safe to drive after the appointment.