Nitrous Sedation in Bethesda

At Dentistry of Bethesda, we offer nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) to help you relax during your dental care procedures, including filling placement and root canal therapy. Nitrous oxide has been used by dentists for over a hundred years to provide relief from pain and discomfort and is a proven and safe sedation method. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly after your treatment, and even children can use nitrous oxide safely to calm dental anxiety.

How Nitrous Oxide Works

Nitrous oxide is administered through a breathing apparatus worn over the nose. Mixed with oxygen, nitrous oxide takes effect in just minutes. Our staff will monitor you continually throughout your procedure to make sure you are tolerating the nitrous well. The beauty of this sedation method, as opposed to oral or IV sedation, is that it is easily controlled. Once the breathing mask is removed, the effects wear off within minutes, and you won’t have a hangover feeling as you would with other sedation methods.

Effects of Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide induces a feeling of deep relaxation when inhaled, in addition to alleviating pain. The effects include:

  • Tingling in the limbs
  • Feeling of warmth
  • Sensation of well-being
  • Floating or euphoric feeling
  • Light drowsiness

Nitrous oxide can cause a feeling of giddiness and lead to a case of the giggles, which is why it’s often referred to as “laughing gas.” If you suffer from discomfort or anxiety during your dental care procedures, ask us about the nitrous oxide available at our Bethesda dental office.

Experience the Difference

Dentistry of Bethesda provides compassionate, personalized dental care for all members of your family, including those with special needs. Contact Bethesda dentist Dr. Spencer Hornstein today at (301) 530-2700 to schedule your consultation. We happily treat patients from Silver Spring, North Bethesda, Rockville, Chevy Chase, Potomac, and the surrounding areas.