At Reno Family Dentistry, we understand that a trip to the dentist is normally not your favorite task on the to-do list. Many people avoid going to the dentist due to anxiety brought on by any number of reasons, most frequently a traumatic dental visit in the past. Fortunately, with the use of sedation dentistry, we can offer treatment options that help lessen anxiety and make the entire experience much more comfortable. Nitrous oxide, or "laughing gas," is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will still be able to hear and respond to directions given, but it will take the edge off. Many people report a feeling of floating or feeling as if they have had a couple glasses of wine. Most importantly, you will feel calm and comfortable. One of the greatest advantages nitrous oxide is that, after the procedure has ended and the mask is off, you will be feeling 100% normal after a few minutes and can even drive yourself home.