Your Questions About Nitrous Oxide: Answered

Have you been feeling nervous about your upcoming dental treatment? If so, we want to make sure you know that you are not alone. In fact, you are nowhere near being on your own in your feelings. There are actually millions of people who hesitate to schedule dental care because of dental anxiety. Whether you have suffered a negative experience in the past or if you simply hesitate because you are unsure of what to expect, we understand. To help make your visits more enjoyable and relaxing, we offer a sedation dentistry option called nitrous oxide. To learn more about this solution, we offer answers to some of your most pressing questions. For anything that remains unanswered, please feel free to contact us today. In the meantime, consider the following:

Questions About Nitrous Oxide

Question: I’m afraid of needles – how do you provide this sedative?

Answer: This may be a wonderful solution for you because nitrous oxide is administered without the use of an injection. Instead, we will place a mask over your nose. You will continue breathing like you usually do, while inhaling a combination of oxygen and sedative.

Question: What is laughing gas?

Answer: Laughing gas is another term for nitrous oxide – it is a common way to refer to this sedation solution because it may make you feel like everything is a bit funny. It will take the edge off of your nerves, so you feel quite relaxed and at ease.

Question: Who makes a good candidate for laughing gas?

Answer: Most patients can rely on laughing gas if they require extra relaxation for dental care – even children.

Question: Do I need someone to drive me home after I take nitrous oxide?

Answer: No. Just like it begins to work quite quickly, it will begin to wear off immediately once we stop administering it. After a brief wait, you will be able to drive yourself home and continue your day as planned.


As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.