The reason for using nitrous oxide
("laughing gas") is for its calming effect. Since it doesn't numb the
teeth, anesthetic is still necessary. Nitrous oxide just relaxes you.
You will breathe nitrous oxide in through a small mask that covers your nose.
It takes just a few minutes for you to notice the effects. People most often
describe the feeling as being relaxed, unconcerned, slightly numb all over, and
disconnected from what's happening around them.
Your Houston dentist can adjust the dosage of the nitrous oxide gas to
fit your needs. You can also control its effects by your breathing. The
more deeply you breathe through your nose, the more you'll feel its effects.
There are no long-lasting effects of nitrous oxide; you can safely drive
after a dental appointment.
Your Houston dentist won't use nitrous oxide if:
- You're pregnant
- You have an inner ear infection
- You have asthma
Let the dental staff know if you'd like to try nitrous oxide to feel more
relaxed during your dental appointment.
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