Nitrous Oxide "Laughing Gas"

A significant number of Canadians do not visit the dentist for regular checkups because they are too fearful or suffer from dental anxiety.  Sedation dentistry offers an excellent way to provide a safe, anxiety-free, dental experience to those who are afraid of the dentist.

Sedation dentistry is often mistakenly thought to induce sleep.  Sleepiness is a side effect of some medications, but nitrous oxide only works to calm anxiety throughout the dental visit.

At Manoff Dental, Dr. Sam offers sedation in the form of Nitrous Oxide.

Here are some advantages associated with sedation dentistry:

  • Anxiety is alleviated.
  • Few side effects.
  • More can be accomplished during each visit.
  • No pain.
  • Perfectly safe.
  • Procedures seem to take less time.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is used as a mild sedative.  It is delivered through a nose hood, and is administered throughout the entire procedure.  Nitrous oxide elevates the general mood and can evoke a general sense of well-being.  Most importantly, it relieves anxiety and reduces pain during the procedure.  In addition, some tingling and numbness may be felt. There are few side effects associated with nitrous oxide, and it has been safely used in dentistry for many years.

If you are receiving nitrous oxide it is important not to eat or drink for at least 4 hours prior to your appointment. These instructions will be provided to you when confirming your appointment. See our "sedation instructions" in the patient forms section of our website.

If you have questions or concerns about sedation dentistry, please contact our office.