Have You Heard These Nitrous Oxide Myths?

It’s always a bit of a mystery how misinformation gets out into the world. No one seems to know who started it. Maybe someone heard it from a “friend of a friend.” Maybe someone in your office read something on the internet. Maybe your cousin’s sister’s cousin had it happen. The best place to come for answers are experts who specialize in the area of dental sedation. Having accurate information, rather than myths or mistaken information can help insure you are comfortable during any dental procedure.

Myth: You’ll Be Laughing Uncontrollably

This myth is probably tied to the fact nitrous oxide is commonly called “laughing gas.” While nitrous oxide does give you a feeling of overall well being, and we’ve heard a few giggles in our office, you will always be in control of yourself, even as you are comfortable.

Myth: You’ll Blab Secrets

Nitrous oxide is not a “truth serum” and will not cause you to reveal secrets. In any case, while we will ask you about your medical history and any medications you are taking, our office conversation will remain on professional subjects that relate to your dental health and your overall health.

Myth: It’s Addictive

Nitrous oxide is not physically addictive. When properly administered it is an extremely safe form of dental sedation. As with any drug, there is a potential for misuse when nitrous oxide is obtained by a private individual and used in an unhealthy and unsupervised manner. If  you are concerned about the possibility of misuse, or have specific addiction questions, please talk with us.

Myth: You’ll Be Giggling Back at Your Office

Nitrous oxide is odorless, tasteless and does not stay in your system more than a few minutes after the cessation of administration. You will be carefully monitored at all times in our office: before, during and after you receive nitrous oxide. Most patients are fully able to return to work without side affects within 15 -30 minutes.

Get the Facts About Nitrous Oxide

If you have inaccurate information about nitrous oxide sedation for dental care, we can help. 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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