Laughing Gas: A Serious Matter

Laughing gas, more properly known as nitrous oxide, is often a subject of humour — but laughing gas has a very serious application in dentistry.

Nitrous oxide is commonly used as a sedative to relax patients during minor procedures involving the teeth and gums. 

The benefits of laughing gas:

  • Relaxes patients without rendering them unconscious
  • Is ideal for nervous patients and children
  • Is considered safe and effective

Although reactions from laughing gas are rare, they can happen if the dentist accidentally administers too big a dose but such incidents are extremely unlikely. 

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