Going to the dentist shouldn’t be scary! Yet, many people (of all ages) experience dental anxiety. At Newtown Dentistry, we go above and beyond to ensure you feel safe and comfortable. As part of our commitment to providing positive and anxiety-free dental experiences, we offer nitrous oxide. This safe and effective sedative (often referred to as laughing gas), is safe for children and adults and can be used during many dental procedures.
Going to the dentist shouldn’t be scary! Yet, many people (of all ages) experience dental anxiety.
At Newtown Dentistry, we go above and beyond to ensure you feel safe and comfortable. As part of our commitment to providing positive and anxiety-free dental experiences, we offer nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, dentist services. This sedative is safe and effective for children and adults and can be used during many dental procedures.
How Is Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) Used?
Although not every patient needs or wants laughing gas, dentists may recommend using it during certain dental procedures to encourage relaxation. It’s both tasteless and odorless (although some people say it smells like whipped cream.) If your provider thinks you’ll benefit from laughing gas, dentists or their assistants mix it with oxygen and administer it through a small mask that fits over your nose. You will be asked to breathe normally as the gas begins to take effect.
Within a short time, you may feel the effects of the laughing gas, which are usually described as feeling light-headed with a tingling sensation in your arms and legs. Some people describe feeling “heavy.”
Although it helps you feel more at ease and comfortable, nitrous oxide does not put you to sleep. You remain awake and able to hear, respond, and interact with your dentist during your procedure. Another benefit of nitrous oxide is that its effects wear off quickly as soon as the mask is removed.
Which Dental Procedures Call For Nitrous Oxide?
Because it is safe, with little to no short term or long term side effects, laughing gas can help relax patients during dental procedures such as:
Your doctor will go over your medical history, allergies, whether you are pregnant, have a chronic respiratory condition, and other criteria to ensure you are an appropriate candidate for this form of sedation.
How Common Is Nitrous Oxide for Dental Use?
Both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Dental Association (ADA) recognize nitrous oxide as an appropriate technique to help ease anxiety and promote better communication between patients and their medical providers. And, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 89% of dentists who provide pediatric care and 58% of all dentists administer nitrous oxide to qualifying patients.
Many Reasons to Smile at Newtown Dentistry!
Laughing gas is simply one example of many services we provide patients to help them feel more comfortable and reduce anxiety during dental visits. From our climbable treehouse and cozy atmosphere to our skilled and knowledgeable dental team and more—we are always looking for ways to make your dental experience a positive one.