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By Advanced Dental Concepts
March 20, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Nitrous Oxide  

OrthodonticsIf you are anxious or fearful of dental work, you may be looking for a solution to help calm your nerves. Many dentists offer laughing gas, more formally known as nitrous oxide, to help their patients relax. But does laughing gas really work for most people? Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about laughing gas, from Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA.

What is Laughing Gas?

Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, is a breathable gas that has no smell, no color, and will not irritate the lungs. In the late 1700's, a scientist found that breathing nitrous oxide helped to reduce pain and caused a pleasurable sensation.

Is it Safe?

Nitrous oxide alone is known to be safe to breath for short periods of time. When mixed 50/50 with oxygen, a combination known as "gas and air," the pairing makes it safer for much longer periods of time. Gas and air is so safe and effective that some hospitals offer it as a pain relief option for childbirth.

What Does Laughing Gas Feel Like?

Nitrous oxide is said to induce a state of euphoria for patients. This can be especially helpful for those who are nervous of dental procedures. It works within a few minutes to relieve pain and induce relaxation. The best part is that it doesn't cause a hangover because the gas leaves the blood stream within minutes.

Are There Disadvantages?

One of the few disadvantages of laughing gas is that not every dentist offers it, so if it's important to you, be sure to seek out a dentist who has nitrous oxide on their menu of services. Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA offers laughing gas to help relieve anxiety. But not everyone is a candidate for laughing gas. If you are unable to breathe through your nose, this may cause an issue with administering the gas.

If you fear the dental chair, laughing gas can be the perfect solution to ease your pain and your worries. Look for a dentist in your area who offers nitrous oxide. No need to fear any longer. Schedule your dental visit today with Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA.

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