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Nitrous oxide is a handy sedative that can also be quite confusing and even overwhelming, especially for people who don’t know much about it. If you’re one of these people, you most likely have a few questions. Knowing the answers to those questions can help you feel more comfortable during your dental appointment. So, to help you find the answers you’re looking for, our dentist, Dr. Craig Thompson, is happy to provide the answers to commonly asked questions.

What is nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide is a sedative that is inhaled through the nose. It is a chemical compound with the formula N2O, and it oftentimes has a slight taste and scent. The sedative is also known as laughing gas or nitrous, and it will be released through a nose mask. All you need to do is deeply inhale when the mask is placed over your nose.

How will nitrous oxide make me feel?

Nitrous oxide will make you feel light headed, tingly, and maybe even a little groggy. Most importantly, it will help you feel relaxed and carefree during your appointment. It will not put you to sleep. However, you will feel so relaxed that you might consider falling asleep on your own.

How long will the effects last?

The effects will last as long as the mask is on the nose and the nitrous is still flowing. Once your dentist turns off the machine and removes the mask, you will quickly regain your senses. This means you will feel well enough to drive yourself home.

To learn more about nitrous oxide in Peoria, Arizona, or to find answers to additional questions, please contact Ventana Family Dentistry at 623-566-1200 today. Our dental team looks forward to helping you!