Is laughing gas safe?
I get asked this question quite a bit. The basic answer is YES! Nitrous Oxide is the oldest sedative gas. It was discovered in 1772 by Humphrey Davy. It is administered through a nose piece mask during the procedure. It is always delivered with oxygen. Oxygen levels are at minimum 30%, which is higher than in air (27%).
You feel tingly, and relaxed. Pain sensation is decreased, about the same as 5 to 10 mg of morphine. It compresses the sensation of time, so an hour seems like a half an hour. It also decrease the gag reflex.
It is safe for children and the elderly. It is not used during the 1st trimester of pregnancy, but Laughing Gas is a common anesthetic used for baby delivery in England. It is the most commonly used sedative for children, with no after effects.
You can safely drive the car after your appointment. We ask that you do not eat for two hours before an appointment, because a full stomach can cause nausea.
Laughing Gas is often a game changer for many patients. They are no longer anxious, they feel the needle less, they don’t gag and may actually enjoy their dental appointments.
By the way, I get my dentistry done under Laughing Gas!
Dr Saul Dimitry.