Laugh Your Way To A Better Smile
We can turn fear into fun with Nitrous Oxide. It’s a safe gas that can take away both pain and anxiety.
What is it? And what does it do?
Nitrous oxide (N2O) is simply a gas which you can breathe in. It has no color, smell, and doesn’t irritate. it kills pain – and it induces a pleasureable feeling. After 5 minutes or so of breathing in the gas, you should feel a euphoric feeling spread throughout your body. It really kind of feels like a ‘happy drunk’ feeling. Some people find that there are auditory or visual effects as well. You will feel a bit light headed and often people get ‘the giggles’ (hence the name laughing gas!).
The equipment used for delivering “happy gas” is quite simple. It consists of a supply of compressed gases and an apparatus which delivers the gases to the patient. By turning some knobs and flipping on/off switches, the dentist can produce the desired mix of N2O-O2 in the desired quantities. Flowmeters and pressure gauges allow the dentist to keep an eye on the flow of gases.
What are the advantages of Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide works very rapidly – it reaches the brain within 20 seconds, and relaxation and pain-killing properties develop after 2 or 3 minutes.
There’s no “hangover” effect – the gas is eliminated from the body within 3 to 5 minutes after the gas supply is stopped. You can safely drive home and don’t need an escort.