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Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
For patients seeking an easy way to relax through their dental visit Nitrous Oxide at Dental Care of Bridgewater is an excellent choice.

Nitrous oxide (N2O) is simply a gas which you can breathe in. It has no color, smell, and doesn't irritate. After 5 minutes or so of breathing in the gas, you should feel a euphoric feeling spread throughout your body. It really kind of feels like a 'happy drunk' feeling. You will feel a bit light headed and often people get 'the giggles' (hence the name laughing gas!).

Some of the most common benefits of Laughing Gas include:

  • Nitrous oxide works very rapidly - often within 20 seconds, and relaxation and pain-killing properties develop after 2 or 3 minutes.

  • The depth of sedation can be altered from moment to moment, allowing the person who administers the gas to increase or decrease the depth of sedation. Other sedation techniques don't allow for this. For example, with IV sedation, it's easy to deepen the level of sedation, but difficult to lessen it. Whereas with gas, the effects are almost instant.

  • Other sedation techniques have a fixed duration, whereas gas can be given for the exact time span it's needed for. It can also be switched off when not needed and then switched on again.

  • There's no "hangover" effect - the gas is eliminated from the body within 3 to 5 minutes after the gas supply is stopped. You can safely drive home and don't need an escort.

  • No injection is required. In cases of very severe needle phobia, getting laughing gas first can help you feel relaxed enough to allow the needle required for other treatment.

  • Inhalation sedation is very safe. It has very few side effects and the drugs used have no ill effects on the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, or brain.

  • Inhalation sedation has been found to be very effective in eliminating or at least minimizing severe gagging.
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