Nitrous oxide commonly known as Laughing Gas is a colourless, non-irritant gas with a slightly sweet smell. It has been used in dentistry since 1847 and is widely recognised as a safe and effective method to control pain and anxiety during dental treatment.
Dentists choose nitrous oxide because it is a safe and effective method for sedation. The laughing gas works quickly to relax patients, and the effects wear off quickly by breathing pure oxygen through a mask. Plus, the nitrous oxide does not put you to sleep, so you can hear and respond to any of the dentist’s questions or instructions.
How it is done in Cairns Dental Boutique
A full medical and dental history will be taken at the first appointment, including any medications that you or your child may be taking. The dentist will explain the procedure to you, before asking for written consent.
The gas is delivered via a nose mask and the concentration of the gas required will be adjusted to suit your needs. It will make you feel relaxed, less anxious and slightly sleepy. You will be less likely to feel the local anaesthetic injection as well.