Laughing Gas to help with Anxiety

Our dentists also provide Nitrous Gas while treating patients with anxiety.

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Nitrous Sedation in Calgary

This type of sedation is more commonly known as “laughing gas.” It is many times used as a conscious sedative during a dental visit. Patients who are phobic and anxious can be a candidate for nitrous sedation. It is administered as a gas with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect during their dental treatment. Since it is a mild sedative, patients are still conscious and can talk to their dentist during their treatment.

Following the procedure, the nitrous is turned off, and oxygen is administered for a few minutes to help flush any remaining gas. The effects wear off almost instantly. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects. Before performing the procedure, our general dentists at Expressions Dental™ Clinic in Calgary NW will provide you with pre-sedation and post-sedation instructions. Dr. Gurpreet Gill, Dr. Jennifer Li, Dr. Dionysius David and Dr. Neerja Khosla all provide this type of sedation.

How does it work?

When Nitrous Oxide is inhaled, the gas enters the bloodstream through the lungs and travels to the brain. When it reaches the brain, it releases natural opioids, endorphins and dopamine, which creates a euphoric feeling. The gas slows down the body’s reaction time, helping the patient stay calm and composed. Patients who are phobic and anxious towards dental treatments can be a candidate for nitrous sedation.

What are the side effects?

Only a minority of patients experience side effects. These side effects can be due to the nitrous levels being too high, or if the amount of nitrous is being inhaled too quickly. The side effects can be as follows:

  • Headaches
  • Shivering
  • Excessive sweating
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue

Is it Safe?

Laughing Gas Sedation is considered safe and effective in managing pain and anxiety in patients when used appropriately. Our dentists provide Nitrous Sedation in Calgary to provide you with the utmost care and comfort during your treatment. After the procedure, the nitrous is turned off, and oxygen is administered for a few minutes to help flush out any remaining gas. The effects wear off almost instantly. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects. Before performing the procedure, our general dentists at Expressions Dental Clinic in Calgary NW will provide you with pre-sedation and post-sedation instructions. Dr. Gurpreet Gill, Dr. Jennifer Li, Dr. Dionysius David and Dr. Neerja Khosla are all qualified to provide nitrous sedation in Calgary.

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