Laughing gas, or also known as nitrous oxide, is a sedation option offered by dentists to make their patients feel more relaxed and comfortable. Did you know that aside from being highly effective in dentistry, it has other uses as well? Laughing gas is used to sedate pregnant women during labor, create whipped cream, and is utilized to boosts fuel in the motor industry.

Even before knowing the potential of laughing gas in the line of medicine, when Joseph Priestley discovered it in the year 1772, it was used for recreational purposes. In the late 18th century, it became a popular part of public entertainment. Its relaxant and euphoric properties are also significant for British parties, which made chemist Humphry Davy coin the term “laughing gas.”


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At Downtown Atlanta Dentistry, we took advantage of the properties of laughing gas and made it a part of our service where we make sure that our patients are fully comfortable during their visits. For those who are quite unfamiliar about this gas, we listed down its benefits to help them consider its use.


Benefits of Laughing Gas

  • Although there are reports that the gas can be harmful, it is only possible if used recreationally. With the attention of the dentist, the gas is appropriately mixed with oxygen for a safe dosage that both children and adults can use.
  • The gas is delivered by placing a mask over the nose of the patient which they can simply breathe into. Patients who have fear for needles may find the procedure favorable.
  • The gas takes effect a few minutes after the patient breathes in from the mask. And its effects can be easily reversed by letting the patient breath normal air. The patients can just go on with their day after the gas wears off.
  • Unlike an oral pill type of sedation, the dosage of laughing gas can be easily adjusted by the dentist throughout the procedure.

Aside from offering laughing gas for our patient’s comfort at Downtown Atlanta Dentistry, we also have cable television, stereo headphones, oral pharmacological agents, and local anesthetics made available for the convenience of our patients.

You deserve outstanding dental care services. We provide Patient Comfort in Atlanta, GA as part of our Oral & Dental Care services. Book your appointment with us at Downtown Atlanta Dentistry and let us help you achieve beautiful and healthy teeth!