Laughing Gas in Dentistry
Laughing Gas, or more scientifically, Nitrous Oxide, has been used in dentistry since 1844. It’s a colorless gas with a sweet odor and taste. It provides an effective, safe method of sedation for patients who are fearful of dental treatments.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is the use of medications to calm a person during a dental treatment. Sedation can be applied at four levels:
Why Laughing Gas?
Laughing Gas is used for minimal and moderate sedation due to its effectiveness. In today’s dentistry, it’s delivered to a patient by an automated machine designed to deliver the correct dose mixed with oxygen. The patient inhales the gas in order to greatly reduce discomfort and anxiety while remaining awake. The goal is to minimize anxiety during dental treatment. There’s little risk to the patient, who can be revived to full consciousness and on their way quickly.
Why Is It Called Laughing Gas?
Laughing gas creates mild sedation by enhancing euphoria and relaxation. The gas is quickly transported through the bloodstream and easily passes into the brain to act as an anesthesia. It was in 1772 that the phrase was coined, “laughing gas,” as a result of people appearing drunk after inhaling the gas.
Don’t Let Anxiety Stop You
Don’t let anxiety stop you from seeking proper dental treatment. Dr. William S. Neale is a certified periodontist in Wichita Falls, Texas. He’s qualified to use laughing gas to sedate you if needed. Dr. Neale would love to explain how laughing gas can help you reach your goal of a kissable smile without fear or anxiety.
Call Dr. Neale today at (940) 322-0758 for an appointment.