Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask over your nose. Sometimes called “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is one option your dentist may offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures.
Can you drive after having laughing gas at the dentist?
Unlike other forms of sedation dentistry, you are perfectly safe to drive after using nitrous oxide. One of the benefits of nitrous oxide is that we can carefully control the dose and the timing. The gas starts working quickly after you begin inhaling it, and it wears off quickly once the gas is removed.