Nitrous Oxide: A Quick Refresher

If you’re someone who doesn’t necessarily come in for dental care without a worry in the world, then you might also be someone who can benefit from nitrous oxide. While you may have heard of this type of dental sedation, you might not really know what to make of it. Is it something that could help you? What is the process like and will it interrupt your day, you might wonder? For answers to these questions and more, we offer you the insight that will help you see that relaxing care is a reality for everyone!

What It Is, What It’s Called

Nitrous oxide is a type of dental sedation that can help you feel much more relaxed. It also offers analgesic properties, so you may enjoy additional numbing during procedures. You may know it better by its frequent nickname, laughing gas. Not surprisingly, it has been coined with this moniker because it makes you feel at ease, euphoric, and like it’s time to giggle!

How We Administer It

No needles or pills necessary for nitrous oxide. You’ll just have to breathe it in, since as the name suggests, it is in a gaseous form. While you lie back and relax, we will place a mask over your nose for easy and comfortable inhalation.

Why You Might Want It

You might want to choose nitrous oxide if you want to feel more at ease but you don’t want a very deep, strong sedative. From mild jitters to dental anxiety, laughing gas helps. In addition, the effects dissipate very fast when your visit is through, so it will not disrupt your after-dental-care plans.

Speak With Us About Sedation If You Are Interested

Remember to talk with us about your sedation options, such as nitrous oxide, if you think they will benefit your dental care. To schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Hofkes, contact us today by calling 562-584-4082. We proudly welcome patients of all ages from Cerritos, CA, and all surrounding communities, such as Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, and more.