Laughing gas, with the clinical term nitrous oxide gas, is a standard and effective treatment that dentists have been using for decades in patients of all ages. Dentists like Dr. Jung in Garland, TX, recognize this sedation method for its many advantages.
First, nitrous oxide is easy to administer. You only feel nitrous oxide's effects while inhaling it through a comfortable rubber mask that fits over only your nose. You breathe through your nose to feel the effects, and when no longer needed, your dentist merely turns the gas off, and the sedative impacts disappear.
Is Laughing Gas Safe?
The American Dental Association (ADA) has studied nitrous oxide sedation and has concluded that the method is safe when you've been assessed by a qualified dentist and monitored by a trained dental professional. They point to the following reasons. One, the gas has to be given constantly to be effective, and two, it doesn't put you to sleep, such that you can still respond to questions and instructions.
Other Laughing Gas Side-Effects Are Mild
If you're concerned about side effects, you can feel assured that nitrous oxide sedation has few, and most are minimal and avoidable. For example, headaches have been reported after laughing gas use. However, your dentist can minimize them by administering pure oxygen for at least five minutes to purge the remaining gas from your lungs. In addition, Dr. Jung can advise you on avoiding any other impacts of treatment.