Nitrous Oxide, also called “laughing gas” or just “nitrous”, is a general dentistry service of conscious sedation offered at Orchard Family Dentistry. If you feel uncomfortable or anxious when getting treatment done at the dental office, this may be a great solution for you. Nitrous Oxide works to relax your senses and mind for an easier experience. If you are interested in nitrous, ask our office at your next visit how this can be provided for you.
Patients are allowed to drive after receiving nitrous oxide as long as there are no other combined anxiety medications.
Laughing gas is not for everyone. Laughing gas may be contraindicated if you are in your first trimester of pregnancy, have COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), a methylenetetrahydofolate reductase deficiency, or a cobalamin deficiency. In addition, if you have a history of drug addiction or treatment using bleomycin sulfate, laughing gas may not be recommended. Please inform the dentist if you have any of the conditions above.
A small amount of patients can experience negative side effects such as headaches, shivering, excessive sweating, nausea and/or vomiting, or fatigue. These side effects are usually caused by patients who inhale too quickly or if the nitrous level is too high. It can also be caused by eating a heavy meal before your appointment. After the procedure, the patient will be placed on oxygen only for 5-10 minutes to rid their system of any remaining nitrous oxide in the lungs.
Nitrous Oxide is very safe to use for children, especially if your child is anxious.