If you’ve experienced anxiety or fear when visiting the dentist, then you may benefit from something known as laughing gas. Laughing gas, allows patients of Whitaker Family Dentistry to be as comfortable as possible while they receive treatment in our Fort Valley, GA office. It can be used during dental examinations as well as dental procedures and can also be combined with other forms of sedation to maximize your comfort at the dentist.
Laughing gas is safe and very effective at keeping patients in a state of calm. It is inhaled through the nose via a small mask, putting patients into a relaxed state while in the dental chair. It is used to make patients comfortable without putting them into a sleep state. You’ll be aware of what’s going on around you, but the fear or anxiety that you would normally feel will be kept at bay.
How Fast Does Laughing Gas Work?
Laughing gas starts working very quickly, and the effects can be felt a few minutes after the mask is applied. Once your dentist applies the gas mask, you will be instructed to continue breathing normally. Results vary from person to person, but the average time for effects to kick in is just several minutes. Some patients have reported feeling tingling or feeling their limbs get heavy while others report feeling light-headed, but the overall experience involves supreme relaxation and comfort.
How Long Does Laughing Gas Take to Wear Off?
Laughing gas wears off just as fast as it starts to take effect, meaning you’ll feel normal in only a few minutes after your dentist removes the mask from your nose. You won’t feel any lingering drowsiness, making it safe for you to drive home or even return to work. Be sure to follow instructions from your dentist to keep teeth or the gums from being damaged after a procedure has been performed.
If you feel anxiety or discomfort when visiting Whitaker Family Dentistry in Fort Valley, GA, contact our dental professionals to schedule an appointment and discuss sedation methods available in our office.