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If you have questions about nitrous oxide, like many people do, you have come to the right blog. Here you can find the answers you need so you can know more about this dental sedative. To give you the answers you’re looking for, our dentists, Drs. Scrimalli, Ratchford and Ahmadzadeh, are happy to answer commonly asked questions about nitrous oxide, which are:

Q: What is nitrous oxide?
A: Nitrous oxide is also known as laughing gas or nitrous. It is a chemical compound that is an oxide of nitrogen. It is a non-flammable gas with a slight metallic taste and smell at room temperature. It is provided through a mask that covers the nose. You must inhale the gas for it to enter your system.

Q: How will nitrous oxide make me feel?
A: The gas should make you feel light headed, tingly and calm. In fact, it can help wash dental nerves and anxiety away. It can help you feel comfortable and relaxed in the dental chair all while keeping you awake during treatment.

Q: How long will nitrous oxide last?
A: It will only last for as long as you inhale it. Once the mask is removed from the nose, then you will begin to feel normal once again. You should have a clear mind after the appointment, enough to drive yourself home.

Call us today at 570-689-2449 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more. Our dental team will be thrilled to tell you all about nitrous oxide in our office in Hamlin, Pennsylvania.