Nitrous Oxide

Mark Simon, DDS -  - General Dentistry

Mark Simon, DDS

General Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in Torrance, CA

Dental anxiety prevents many patients from getting the dental work they need to maintain their oral health. If you’re in Torrance, California, or the South Bay area of Los Angeles and need work done and you’re afraid of the uncomfortable sensations that come with fillings, crowns and other operations, Mark Simon, DDS, offers nitrous oxide to keep you comfortable and at ease during your appointment. Dr. Simon specializes in gentle dentistry and always strives to make your visit anxiety-free. To find out if nitrous oxide can help ease your fears about going to the dentist, call Dr. Simon’s office or schedule an appointment online today.

Nitrous Oxide Q & A

What is nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is a gaseous sedative that’s often used during dental procedures. It’s safe and effective and won’t keep you loopy for hours or days after your appointment. Nitrous oxide calms your nerves and keeps you comfortable during dental work.

Dr. Simon is highly trained in administering nitrous oxide safely for what he calls “gentle dentistry.” With nitrous oxide, anesthesia, or both, getting dental work is quick and painless so you can relax during your appointment.

Before your procedure begins, Dr. Simon tells you to breathe normally through your nose while a mask containing the gas is placed over your face. After a few minutes, you’ll feel its effects — you may feel tingly, relaxed, heavy, or lightheaded.

When should I use nitrous oxide at the dentist?

You can opt to use nitrous oxide during many dental procedures. If you tend to get anxious or fearful of going to the dentist, nitrous oxide can ease your nerves and keep you comfortable. Some procedures that you can get nitrous oxide for include:

  • Tooth removal
  • Root canals
  • Fillings

During your consultation, Dr. Simon discusses your anxiety with you and whether nitrous oxide can benefit you during the procedures in question.

Are there side effects of using nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide is generally safe when used correctly, and its effects wear off quickly so that you can go about your day after your dental appointment. However, there are some side effects that you should be aware of before committing to the use of nitrous oxide.

Side effects may include:

  • Headaches
  • Shivers
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating

Any side effects that you experience should go away soon after your dental work is finished. You can further discuss the risks with Dr. Simon before your appointment for any concerns you have. If you feel that you’ll be especially prone to negative side effects, you should schedule your appointment on a day when you don’t have other any other responsibilities or plans.


To learn more about how nitrous oxide can benefit you during your dental treatment, call Mark Simon, DDS, or schedule an appointment online today.