Nitrous Oxide: A Quick Quiz

quizquestionworldYou might know a thing or two about nitrous oxide. Then again, you might know that it’s a type of dental sedation we offer to patients but as for the details, you may feel like you know nothing else at all. Fortunately, you will soon find out that getting to know the ins and outs of this option for a relaxing experience is an easy thing to do. Go ahead and take yourself through our quick quiz, so you can learn more and feel even more confident about dental care.

Quiz Questions: True or False?

  1. True or False: In general, we suggest nitrous oxide for patients who are looking for the deepest state of calm they can achieve.
  2. True or False: Another term for this type of sedation is “funny sedation.”
  3. True or False: You can expect a strange, slightly bitter taste and odor if you choose nitrous oxide but it is certainly worth the relaxation that comes with it.

Quiz Answers

  1. False. Nitrous oxide is a good idea for patients who want a gentle sense of relaxation. Those seeking extremely deep tranquility may wish to consider IV sedation.
  2. False. Actually, patients commonly know this type of sedation as “laughing gas.” Good news! This moniker comes from the fact that it can cause you to feel so relaxed and euphoric that you just might feel like laughing.
  3. False. Laughing gas, which you will inhale comfortably through a mask, is known to have a sweet scent and flavor. As a result, you can expect an experience that is enjoyable from start to finish.


Dr. Colin Lathrop and the Lathrop Dental Center proudly welcome patients and families from in and around Katy, TX, including Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, and all surrounding communities. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, you can reach our sedation dentistry office in Katy, TX, by calling 832-437-3849.

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