Nitrous oxide is a very mild and safe form of sedation that's been safely used in dentistry for over 100 years. In fact, nitrous is so safe that we often use it for children to keep them calm during their appointments.
One benefit of using nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is that you don't "go to sleep" during your procedure. You will be alert enough to respond to and even converse with your dental team, but you will do it all through a mild haze of relaxation.
As soon as your procedure is finished, we stop administering the gas, and you stop feeling the effects almost immediately. With nitrous, you do not need a driver to get you to and from your appointment, and you will be able to return to your normal activities as soon as you leave our office.