When do dentists put you on laughing gas for an operation?

Nitrous Oxide. Nitrous oxide gives patients a sense of relaxation and well being. Nitrous is not an anesthetic, but an analgesic (pain reliever), and is usually used as a supplement to local anesthesia. It is short acting and well tolerated.

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Can they still put you on laughing gas at the dentist during the middle of getting your wisdom teeth removed?

Yes. Nitrous oxide can be initiated at any time during a procedure. Its effects start rapidly and it also leaves your system very rapidly once the gas is stopped. Read more...
Yes . If your dentist has the right equipment and monitoring. Also, you should give consent prior to starting. Read more...

I am super afraid of needles and I have to have an iv to put me to sleep for surgery. What can I expect can they give me laughing gas while they do it?

Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) & clear cover. ~1 prior to planned IV likely=better option; greatly reduces local skin sensation; primary basis of discomfort. However, will need to plan & persistently request/insist on this in advance else rarely done or Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) on hand plus must be applied to planned IV location & kept in position for about an hour prior using a clear cover; Opsite or clear plastic like food wrap. Or: http://www.cmedintl.com. Read more...

Is the laughing gas you get at the dentist dangerous?

Not if. Administered professionally and according to medically approved guidelines by a licensed professional for a given procedure. With that said, everything in life has some potential risk, but in the grand scheme of things it is quite safe under the above mentioned conditions. Hope this helps. Read more...
No. When used properly, it can help one stay calm and relaxed when undergoing any dental procedure. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is used most often during complex oral surgery procedures and in young children with advanced dental disease. The only people who should avoid its use are pregnant women. Read more...

How well does laughing gas work to make things better at the dentist?

Depends. As with any medication or drug, patients respond and react in different ways. Nitrous oxide or laughing gas affects patients in different ways. I tell my patients that one group may feel lightheaded and feel like they are floating, another group may feel very heavy, and some may feel no different than before. For most patients, nitrous does relieve some anxiety and a more comfortable visit. Read more...
Works well. Laughing gas is nitrous oxide and can be very helpful to some patients. Depending on your level of anxiety. Read more...
It works. Reduces anxiety and raises pain threshold. Makes things easier. Also, hanges affect, so you are less concerned. It can be used with other mediations for potent and safe dental anxiety management. Read more...

Do dentists give laughing gas for gum cleanings?

Yes. But i would find this as an unnecessary risk as no drug is without its risks and benefits. Many dentists or hygienists have a local anesthetic salve that will help numb the sensitive areas of the gums or even areas of teeth where the sensitive dentin is exposed. Read more...
Yes. If you feel you need it then discuss it with your dentist and hygienist. Read more...

How does laughing gas work to provide pain relief at the dentist?

Sedative. Laughing gas or nitrous oxide is basically a sedative meant to reduce anxiety. It provides a very relaxed feeling. It also somewhat increases the pain threshold. It is not meant to replace a local anesthetic however. Read more...
Makes you relaxed. Laughing gas relaxes you or sometimes can make you laugh. Hence, you do not really think about the dental procedure. Read more...