Are you dreading an upcoming dental procedure?

Statistics show that 3 out of every 10 American adults avoid the dentist because of fear and anxiety. Dental phobia is a real issue that is much more severe than anxiety. It is a serious condition that prevents people from getting the oral care they need. Those with dental phobia know that the fear is irrational, but can not do much about it. They either only visit the dentist because of very intense pain, or neglect going to the dentist altogether.

Sedation dentistry is the ideal choice for patients who need extensive dental work. Without routine visits to the dentist office, people can face tooth loss, gum disease, and other oral health issues, like oral cancer.

We offer nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, to help patients feel relaxed during their procedure. It is a sedative that has been used for medical procedures for many years.

Nitrous oxide is composed of anywhere from 50 to 70 percent nitrogen, and at least 70 percent oxygen. Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a special mask. The patient remains awake and alert throughout treatment. The gas produces a calming affect, allowing the patient to have procedures done without fear or anxiety.

Nitrous oxide is extremely safe and is only effective while the mask is on. Once the mask is removed, the effects of the laughing gas disappear and the patient can continue with their normal routine.

Pros & Cons

Nitrous oxide may cause a person to fall asleep. The patient may also not remember anything about the procedure. There are advantages and disadvantages that come along with using nitrous oxide. Below are some of the benefits and drawbacks:


  • It is very effective in minimizing gagging
  • The depth of sedation can be altered at any time to increase or decrease sedation.
  • There is no after effect such as a “hangover”
  • Considered safe with no side effects on your heart or lungs
  • It works rapidly, reaching the brain within 20 seconds and relaxing patients within 2-3 minutes.


Even though nitrous oxide can be used by anyone, certain people may not be ideal candidates. People who have chest problems, a cold, multiple sclerosis and emphysema may want to use another type of sedation.

Contact us for more information, or request an appointment online today.