Is Nitrous Oxide Safe?

What is Nitrous Oxide

Our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry understands that the sighs, sounds and sensations at a dental office can be unsettling for some patients. One effective technique that we use to comfort you is to offer the gas nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is common anesthetic used during many dental procedures.

Nitrous oxide is an oxide of nitrogen which has a slight odor and taste. During medical or dental procedures, the gas is mixed with oxygen than inhaled through a mask that covers your nose. Within minutes, you should feel calm and experience an overall sense of relaxation. You will be able to breath on your own and move your limbs and be conscious enough to hear and respond to our dentist’s questions. The effects of nitrous oxide disappear shortly after the mask is removed and the drug is quickly eliminated from your body.

Is Nitrous Oxide Safe?

The drug is combined with oxygen at dental offices, this ensures oxygen reaches the brain and prevents dangerous side effects or hypoxia. Nitrous oxide is a non-addictive and non-allergic, however it may cause nausea in up to ten percent of patients. we recognize that all patients are different and encourage you to talk with Dr. Harbin and Dr. Jones about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you.

We want to help all patients to overcome dental anxiety, so please, give us a call at Hendersonville Family Dentistry. 


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