Nitrous oxide sedation, or commonly known as “laughing gas”, is an extremely safe and reliable technique aimed at achieving minimal sedation. At Chinook Smiles, we offer nitrous oxide sedation as a gentle and effective way to help our patients feel at ease while receiving dental care.
This colorless, odorless gas is administered through a comfortable mask which is worn throughout the procedure. Nitrous oxide induces a state of relaxation and euphoria, making you feel more comfortable without altering your level of consciousness. One of its key advantages is its quick onset and the fact that its effects wear off rapidly once the gas is discontinued. This means you can often drive yourself home after the appointment.
Like any form of sedation, you must be on an empty stomach, meaning no food or drinks, for a minimum of 2 hours before your scheduled appointment.
Due to its safety profile, nitrous oxide sedation is an excellent choice for patients of all ages, including children! It is available for any procedural appointments, from cleaning and filling appointments, to oral surgeries.