Although it was originally used as part of a party game, nitrous oxide or laughing gas has been used for years by many dental practices as a way to help patients relax during their dental visits. Many dentists find it the perfect way to help calm anxious children in the dental chair.
Nitrous oxide is a combination of nitrogen mixed with oxygen that is administered through a mask placed over your nose. You will not become unconscious while the mask is in place; however, you will feel very relaxed and may even experience a feeling of euphoria, hence the nickname “laughing gas.”
Nitrous oxide is completely safe with no lingering aftereffects. In fact, the gas begins to wear off as soon as the mask is removed, and you will be able to drive yourself home after your appointment and resume your normal activities right away.
If you or your child suffer from dental anxiety and would like to learn more about how nitrous oxide in Fircrest, Washington, can make your visit with our dentist easier, call Fircrest Family Dental at 253-843-6033 today. A member of our team will be happy to tell you more and help you plan your visit with Dr. Brian Han.