To help even the most fearful patients completely relax, Harelick Dental Associates offers Nitrous Oxide Sedation Dentistry (often referred to as Laughing Gas) which is a very light form of sedation. With the comfort and technology offered by modern dentistry, no one should be afraid to go to the dentist any more! Oral health is not only important to your appearance and sense of well-being, but also to your overall health. Studies have shown that gum disease may contribute to many serious conditions, such as diabetes, respiratory diseases, heart disease, stroke, low birth rate babies, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Untreated cavities can also be painful and lead to serious infections.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation is a very effective way for Dr. Harelick to help you stay relaxed and comfortable during a dental procedure. We simply place a small mask over your nose and administer the gas. You will begin to immediately relax with a sensation that has been described as “dreamy,” but you will remain awake during your entire treatment. Once your treatment is complete, we turn the gas off and the effects fade away within minutes. Patients usually feel normal again very quickly, and can almost always drive themselves home after the appointment.
Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation Safe & is it for me?
Yes, it is extremely safe when given by a medical professional like Dr. Harelick. Nitrous oxide is one of the safest medications available. Dr. Harelick will consult with you on your individual case and only sedate you as much as necessary. You will be under close supervision for the duration of the entire procedure. While most people have no negative reaction to relatively short periods of time on nitrous oxide, it does make a small percentage of people feel nauseated. Dr. Harelick has been trained how to best deliver nitrous oxide. In fact, Dr. Scott Harelick has instructed how to administer Nitrous Oxide to other dentists at Tufts University Dental School of Medicine.