Nitrous Oxide

What is Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous Oxide, also known as “laughing gas” is a commonly used sedative which can help you stay calm and comfortable while undergoing dental treatments. Nitrous Oxide can be administered to healthy patients through a breathing mask and inhaled by the patient throughout the treatment.

Bettendorf Dental is proud to offer Nitrous Oxide to patients in our office. When you are given laughing gas, you should become more relaxed and have limited memory of your procedure. This can be a valuable benefit for those who find themselves very uncomfortable or afraid of undergoing necessary dental treatments.

Benefits of Nitrous Oxide:

  • The laughing gas starts to work very quickly
  • It is safe for children
  • It can help relax an overly sensitive gag reflux
  • There are no side effects to your heart, lungs or other organs
  • The after-effects are minimal and won’t disrupt the rest of your day
  • The intensity of the gas can be adjusted at any time based on your comfort

Nitrous Oxide During Treatments At Bettendorf Dental

Who Can Be Given Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous Oxide can be a beneficial option to people at many ages, and with varying treatment needs, however, there are certain health conditions that should be factored into your decision. If any of the following conditions apply to you, you should consult your doctor before being administered Nitrous Oxide: pregnancy, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, exotic chest problems, asthma, multiple sclerosis, immune disorders, a cold or any other respiratory challenges that impact the ability to breathe.

If you’re concerned about how you might react to the gas, you can ask your one of our highly qualified dentists for a short trial to see how you feel about it before proceeding. If you’re not fit to receive Nitrous Oxide, don’t worry, your dentist at Bettendorf Dental may still have other options to help. Our dentists can help you find the right options to treat your dental anxiety. In addition to offering Nitrous Oxide, we offer other minimal sedation options and pre-appointment medications. For a full list of Bettendorf Dental’s comfort choices visit our page on Comfort Dentistry.

What to Expect

Before you arrive at the office for your treatment using Nitrous Oxide, you should eat lightly.

When your dental professionals are ready to begin the procedure, you will be given a mask that will administer the Nitrous Oxide. The Nitrous Oxide will be colorless and odorless, and it should begin working soon after placing the mask on.

Throughout your procedure, members of the Bettendorf Dental team will be checking in with you to monitor your comfort levels and can adjust the levels of the Nitrous Oxide being inhaled at any time.

When your procedure has been completed, you will be given Oxygen through the mask for several minutes to remove any remaining Nitrous Oxide from your lungs to regain alertness and avoid headaches.


Are You Interested in Receiving Nitrous Oxide During Future Visits?

Contact Bettendorf Dental Today by calling our office at (563) 214-0395 or by sending us a message.

We are conveniently located on Maplecrest Road across from Bettendorf High School, near the Genesis Medical Plaza, and one block east of 18th Street.