Nitrous oxide or laughing gas was first discovered in the 1700’s but for years, it was used for entertainment at social gatherings. However, it was in 1844 that people first considered using it for sedation dentistry. Laughing gas was popular at parties and is useful for sedation dentistry because it produces a euphoric effect, but one that wears off quickly after the gas is removed.
If you experience anxiety in the dentist chair, talk to our dentist about using nitrous oxide at your next appointment to help you relax. It is administered through a mask placed over the nose. While you will feel calm during your treatment, you will not be unconscious, and you will still be able to communicate with the dentist if necessary. Once the mask is removed, the effects of the gas will quickly dissipate and you will be able to resume your normal activities. Nitrous oxide is safe, widely used by many dentists, and if often used by many dentists to help calm anxious children.
If you are feeling nervous about your upcoming dental appointment, talk to Cen-Tex Dental in Killeen, Texas, for your next visit. For more information about sedation dentistry, give us a call at (254) 213-6300 today. Our experienced team looks forward to helping you with your oral care needs!