Nitrous Oxide and Relaxation Dentistry

One of our highest priorities is to ensure your visit to University Dental Arts is a comfortable, relaxed, and pleasant experience. In that respect, we want to share some information about our relaxation dentistry options. You’ve probably heard about “laughing gas,” but maybe you’ve been too embarrassed to ask about it. Now’s your chance to see how this safe, effective form of dentistry can help relieve your anxiety so you can get the dental care you need. Let’s take a brief look at how we use nitrous oxide at our downtown Denver practice.

What Is Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide is often known as laughing gas because it makes most patients feel giddy or giggly. It’s a colorless, non-flammable gas with a slightly sweet odor and taste, and has been commonly used in surgery and dentistry for its calming and pain-killing effects. Specifically, nitrous oxide has been used in the field of dentistry for over 150 years.

Is Nitrous Oxide Safe?

Because sedation using a mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen has been a mainstay of medical and dental care for so many years, researchers have been able to study it extensively. It has been concluded that nitrous oxide and oxygen sedation is extremely safe for the vast majority of people of all ages. Patients experience very few, if any, side effects, and there are no known cases of allergic response. However, women in their first trimester of pregnancy and patients with emphysema should avoid this therapy.

How Is Nitrous Oxide Used in Dental Care?

Our cosmetic dentist Dr. Redford and staff are specially trained to administer nitrous oxide for relaxation dentistry. Before your dental work begins, we will place a small rubber mask over your nose. As you breathe normally through your nose, the nitrous oxide will very quickly help you feel relaxed. You will still be awake and able to hear and respond to any questions or instructions from us during your treatment. Some patients feel light-headed or a tingling or heaviness in their arms and legs, but overall you will feel calm and comfortable.

Because we can easily control the sedation level, relaxation dentistry can be used for any kind of procedure – general, cosmetic, or restorative. Whether you need a routine cleaning, root canal, or a complete smile makeover with porcelain veneers and dental implants, this therapy can help you feel at ease during long or short appointments.

After your dental procedures are completed, the mask will be removed, and the effects of the nitrous oxide will wear off within minutes or even seconds, well before you leave our office.

Learn More about Relaxation Dentistry

At University Dental Arts, we are committed to providing you with the highest quality care, including peace of mind. If you’re interested in learning more about relaxation dentistry to help relieve even the worst fears and anxiety, we encourage you to schedule an appointment. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you and helping you discover the benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile.