We understand that going to the dentist in Stony Brook might not be your favorite activity. If you experience anxiety when visiting the dentist, just let our team know and we can discuss our sedation options with you to ensure you are relaxed and comfortable during treatment. We always try to find ways to make our office relaxing and comfortable for the convenience of our patients.
Patients can have a hard time relaxing during a dental procedure. To calm patients down, laughing gas is used in dental offices throughout the country and world. It’s odorless and colorless. One of its main benefits is that it’s effective and works very quickly. The reason it works quickly is that it’s absorbed through the lungs.
Understandably, some parents worry about their children receiving laughing gas. Rest assured that this type of sedation is completely safe for children and is recommended for them. Your safety comes before anything else.
There are a few side effects of laughing gas, and they rarely occur. Potential side effects are headaches, nausea, fatigue, sweating, and shivering. These side effects happen if the dose of laughing gas used is too high, but we’re very careful about administering the right amount. You shouldn’t eat a heavy meal before coming in for a procedure where laughing gas will be used either.
Laughing gas is safe for children and adults, but there are a few contraindications. First-trimester pregnancy, COPD, and some vitamin deficiencies are the contraindications to sedation dentistry.
We make sure that our patients don’t have any of the contraindications to the gas before administering it. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask.