If you need something stronger than oral sedation, we also offer nitrous oxide sedation. Also known as “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide is a common method of sedation in dentistry. The gas is inhaled to produce a temporary euphoria. Nitrous oxide is effective in relieving dental anxiety in both children and adults. It is administered through a small mask over the nose and exhaled through the mouth, eliminating it from the body almost immediately. Before receiving your treatment, the mask is placed over your nose, and after a few moments, the effects of the gas can be felt. Although you won't necessarily get the giggles, you will experience a light and airy feeling. However, once the mask is removed, the effects will quickly dissipate. Nitrous oxide is always combined with oxygen in order to produce a calming effect while keeping you conscious. It’s completely safe and gentle, and you will be able to resume your normal activities and drive yourself home following your treatment.