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The ordinary dental visit won’t normally require a sedative, but not every visit runs smoothly for all people. A more intense procedure may necessitate a type of anesthesia, not only to help dull the pain but to calm a nervous patient.

Nitrous oxide, also commonly known as laughing gas, is the safest sedative of choice for most dentists who decide a sedative is necessary. Universally well known as a dental anesthetic, laughing gas can be used alone or with other types of dental anesthetics.

Laughing gas has no odor and is very popular because of its ability to quickly relax patients, and produce a euphoric, pleasurable feeling, all while it dulls any discomfort. Also, its effects are short-lived and can be expunged quickly by simply administering oxygen.

While rare, a minority of people may feel some side effects. This only occurs if the level of laughing gas given is too high.

Potential Side Effects:

– Headache
– Nausea and Vomiting
– Fatigue
– Shivering
– Sweating

After concluding a dental visit where laughing gas was taken, the dentist will administer oxygen to remove any remaining nitrous oxide from the lungs, returning the patient to normal wakefulness. This also avoids a headache.

It is recommended that you eat a light amount of food and drink before your dental appointment where nitrous oxide is used, and keep from eating anything else for at least 3 hours afterward. Also, check with your dentist if you are driving afterward.

Dr. Anthony Gonzalez would be happy to answer your questions regarding dental anesthesia. Please contact Anthony Gonzalez, DDS at: 361-387-1507, or drop by in Corpus Christi, Texas.