Nitrous Oxide Specialist

Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Alexandria, IN & Noblesville, IN

Nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, is a sedative that can be offered to you to make dental work less painful and anxiety-inducing. Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Alexandria and Noblesville, Indiana, offer nitrous oxide for many dental procedures to bring you back to the dentist fearlessly again. To find out if you’re a candidate for nitrous oxide, call or schedule your consultation online today.

Nitrous Oxide Q & A

What is nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide is a gaseous drug that allows you to undergo dental procedures comfortably and without anxiety. After breathing in nitrous oxide before a dental procedure, you’ll stay awake for the entirety of the dental work but you’ll feel relaxed and at ease.

Nitrous oxide is administered through a breathing mask that you put on shortly before your dental work begins. In some cases, it’s combined with an anesthetic injection.

Why might I need nitrous oxide at the dentist?

Nitrous oxide is usually given to patients who feel anxious about going to the dentist, especially if your fear keeps you from getting necessary dental work done. Your dentist can offer you nitrous oxide for procedures like:

  • Root canals
  • Fillings
  • Dental implants

If you are afraid of going to the dentist, you can ask about nitrous oxide for any procedure that causes discomfort.

What does nitrous oxide feel like?

With the breathing mask over your face, your dentist tells you to breathe in through your nose normally. Within a couple of minutes, you’ll start to feel the effects. Patients report these sensations from nitrous oxide:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Tingling in the arms and legs
  • Feeling heavy
  • Calmness
  • Euphoria
  • Comfort

In short, you’ll feel relaxed and you won’t be worried about the dental work you’re undergoing.

What are the side effects of nitrous oxide?

While nitrous oxide can give you a relaxed, euphoric mood, it is important to understand the potential negative side effects of the drug. They include:

  • Headaches
  • Sweating
  • Shivers
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue

Because of these possible side effects, you should plan to have someone drive you to and from your procedure. In an effort to avoid these side effects, your dentist gives you oxygen through a breathing mask for a few minutes while the nitrous oxide wears off.

If the thought of going to the dentist for necessary work makes you shudder, call or schedule a consultation online at Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to find out if you’re a candidate for nitrous oxide.