Nitrous

woman inhalation sedation at dental clinic

Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. Sometimes called “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is one option your dentist may offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures.

Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax.

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How much does it cost to have nitrous oxide at the dentist?

The average cost to the patient for nitrous oxide is $50. Some offices charge this fee on a per-hour basis, and some charge it on a per-visit basis. Some offices build the cost of nitrous oxide sedation into their procedural fee structure.

Can you drive after having laughing gas at the dentist?

Unlike other forms of sedation dentistry, you are perfectly safe to drive after using nitrous oxide. One of the benefits of nitrous oxide is that we can carefully control the dose and the timing. The gas starts working quickly after you begin inhaling it, and it wears off again just as fast once the gas is removed.

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