Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

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Many people have anxiety and fear when they think about the dentist.  It’s no surprise that many people avoid going to the dentist. However, with Pasadena , TX Dentist Dr. Nugent’s commitment to patient satisfaction and comfort, these fears can quickly be set aside. In addition to amazing dental care and advanced technology, we offer a variety of dental sedation methods to maximize patient comfort.

Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is a sedative gas that allows you to undergo treatment with diminished fear and anxiety.  There are different dental sedation options. However, nitrous oxide is a great first sedation option due to its variety of benefits. Furthermore, nitrous oxide can be used alone or in conjunction with other sedation techniques to truly put the patient at ease.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation:

Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is a colorless and odorless gas that it used as a light form of sedation during dentistry. The nitrous gas is mixed with oxygen and  inhaled through a nose piece. This will help to alleviate anxiety and discomfort in a dental situation that may otherwise bother the patient. An amazing aspect of nitrous oxide is that these sedative and anti-anxiety properties will dissapear quickly once the gas is taken of the patient. Therefore, one can drive adn return to work/school after nitrous oxide. There is no residual sedative properties.


  • Mildly apprehensive patient
  • The frightened child
  • To reduce awareness of time and fatigue
  • To reduce dental stress
  • To control gagging
  • When requested by the patient

What To Expect from Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous Oxide provides multiple benefits to patients due to its temporary effects on the central nervous system. First, patients will experience an anti-anxiety effect. Then patients experience a euphoric effect, improving their mood and even making them giddy (this is where the term Laughing Gas came from ) Nitrous Oxide also provides a small analgesic effect, which partially numbs pain. This characteristic makes it awesome for reducing the pain from an injection of local anesthesia.

Is Nitrous Oxide Safe?

Yes, Nitrous Oxide is the safest drug used in dentistry. The most common side effect, even though it is very rare, is nausea. Emotionally, most people do great with laughing gas. Patients who are particularly sensitive to Nitrous Oxide may feel overwhelmed by its effects.  Laughing may turn to crying or to dizziness. However, this can easily be reversed by Dr. Nugent lowering the concentration of Nitrous Oxide.

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Who Is a Candidate for Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

Anyone who can breathe through his/her nose. Furthermore, Nitrous Oxide is safe for patients with Asthma. The contraindications for Nitrous Oxide include 1) Pregnant Females 2) Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.




Dr. Nugent is located at 3421 Burke Rd, Ste A, Pasadena, Texas 77504. Dr. Nugent quickly discovered after dental school that people were scared of the dentist. Dr. Nugent got special training and permits from the State of Texas to administer dental sedation at his office. You don’t have to be embarrassed or scared. Dr. Nugent can show you what sedation option is right for you. Call us at 713-941-8261 to schedule you new patient appointment.

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