Many people know nitrous oxide as laughing gas. In our office, we administer nitrous oxide to enhance patient comfort and relieve anxiety for patients of all ages. After you're comfortably seated in the dental chair, you'll inhale the gas (a nitrous oxide and oxygen mixture) through a nasal mask. We control the amount of nitrous you receive to ensure safety. You begin to relax and will not recognize pain, so the dentist can perform dental work while you stay completely comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide subside once we remove the mask, so if nitrous is the only anesthesia you receive, you will be capable of driving yourself home following the visit and can continue your daily activities as normal.