Visiting the dentist can be very overwhelming and scary for some. With all the sounds of the equipment inside your mouth, we understand how this could cause anxiety for patients.

To get more comfortable with your dental visits, we suggest speaking to your dentist about your fears and asking them to explain the process for your peace of mind. 

But if that isn’t enough to ease your mind, the dentist could always try using laughing gas, also called Nitrous Oxide (N2O). 

What Is Laughing Gas?

Laughing gas is a colorless, odorless gas used as a mild sedative for dental procedures to help patients relax.

You breathe it in from a small plastic mask and within a few minutes and presto! You’ll be feeling less anxious. 

So, what makes laughing gas different from other anesthetics?

Laughing gas actually helps increase your pain threshold rather than numbing your pain. And it doesn’t cause you to sleep either. You’ll still be aware of your surroundings. 

But don’t worry if your arms and legs feel heavy or your limbs feel tingly. This is all normal! 

How Will You Feel?

Did you know that laughing gas doesn’t necessarily make you laugh? But what you may feel is the following:

  • Relaxed 
  • Happy
  • Excited
  • Giggly, or
  • Light-headed.

After the procedure, the dentist may give you pure oxygen through that mask to help the laughing gas wear off. This will ensure you don’t get a headache.

Side Effects

Most patients are completely fine after laughing gas is turned off, but a very small number of patients may feel the following side effects:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea 
  • Drowsiness

Again, very few people ever feel any of the above side effects. But if you’re still concerned discuss it with your dentist before consenting to laughing gas.

Fear shouldn’t stop you from seeing the dentist regularly, the health of your teeth depends on it! If you’re unsure about any procedure, even if it’s a dental cleaning, speak openly with your dentist. Book your appointment with us and we’ll be happy to help you conquer your fears of dental procedures!

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