Nitrous Oxide

Smile Comfortably with Nitrous Oxide

Smile Mantra Family Dentistry offers expert Nitrous Oxide services, led by Dr. Kulhari and her dedicated team, to ensure a comfortable and anxiety-free dental experience. This gentle sedation option effectively soothes nerves and enhances patient relaxation, facilitating a smooth and stress-free journey towards achieving a healthier, more beautiful smile

Why Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a colorless, sweet-smelling gas used during dental procedures to relieve pain and anxiety. It’s a safe and effective method that can make the difference between a stressful dental visit and a more comfortable experience.

Symptoms Addressed by Nitrous Oxide

What is Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous Oxide, often referred to as ‘laughing gas’, is a safe and effective sedative used in dentistry to relax patients during dental procedures. It’s administered through a mask over the nose and helps in creating a more comfortable dental experience, particularly beneficial for those with dental anxiety or undergoing treatments that may cause discomfort.

Who benefits from Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous Oxide benefits individuals of all ages who may experience dental anxiety or discomfort during dental procedures. It provides a calming and relaxed state, making it especially valuable for those seeking a more pleasant and stress-free dental experience.

A woman breathing in Nitrous Oxide in a dentists office
Before: Patient breathing Nitrous Oxide
A woman getting her teeth cleaned with her eyes closed
After: After Nitrous Oxide, Dentist working on teeth

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Smile Mantra Family Dentistry prioritizes family-oriented dental care, combining her professional expertise with a warm, understanding approach influenced by her own family values.

Years of Experience

With over a decade of experience in dentistry, Smile Mantra Family Dentistry focuses on continuous learning and advancement in dental practices.

Advanced Technology

Smile Mantra Family Dentistry continuously integrates advanced technology to stay relevant to their patients’ needs, enhancing diagnosis and treatment capabilities. Their state-of-the-art equipment ensures unparalleled patient care in the evolving field of dentistry.

The Nitrous Oxide Process

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The process of administering nitrous oxide is straightforward and non-invasive:

Mask Placement

The process begins with the gentle placement of a soft and comfortable mask over your nose by Dr. Kulhari. This specialized mask is designed to administer a precise mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen, ensuring you receive the right balance for relaxation. The gas mixture can be adjusted as needed during the procedure to maintain your comfort.

Breathing Normally

You will be instructed to breathe normally through your nose. This allows you to inhale the nitrous oxide-oxygen mixture, initiating the sedative effect. The onset of relaxation is quick, and the level of sedation can be tailored to meet your individual needs within moments.


During the procedure, you may begin to experience light-headedness or tingling sensations in your arms and legs. Some patients describe these sensations as feeling slightly heavy or floaty. These effects are entirely normal and indicate that the nitrous oxide is taking effect. Despite these sensations, you should feel calm, relaxed, and comfortable throughout the dental procedure, making your visit less daunting.

Quick Reversal

One of the significant advantages of nitrous oxide is its rapid reversal time. As soon as the mask is removed, the inhalation of nitrous oxide ceases, and its effects start to wear off almost immediately. This quick reversal time means that, unlike some other forms of sedation, you should be safe to drive home or return to work after your appointment. However, it's always a good practice to listen to your body and take it easy for a while.

Enhanced Comfort

By providing a comfortable and anxiety-free dental experience, nitrous oxide helps patients maintain their oral health without fear or discomfort. It is one of the many strategies employed by Dr. Kulhari at Smile Mantra Family Dentistry to ensure patient comfort and satisfaction.

Maintaining Oral Health with Nitrous Oxide and Beyond

Nitrous oxide is an excellent tool for helping people receive the dental care they need without the stress and anxiety that can sometimes accompany these visits. However, it’s important to communicate openly with Dr. Kulhari about your medical history and any current medications, as certain conditions may be contraindications for the use of nitrous oxide.

With the use of nitrous oxide, dental treatments don’t have to be a source of stress. With the right approach, individuals can receive the oral care they need comfortably and stress-free.


While Nitrous Oxide is a safe sedation option, it’s essential to inform our dental team about your medical history, allergies, and any medications you are taking to ensure your safety during the procedure.



After receiving Nitrous Oxide, patients typically experience a state of relaxation and reduced anxiety, making dental treatments more manageable and comfortable. Once the gas is discontinued, its effects wear off quickly, allowing you to return to your daily activities.


Is nitrous oxide safe for all dental procedures?

Nitrous oxide is generally safe and effective for most dental procedures. However, discussing your medical history with Dr. Kulhari is crucial, as certain conditions may be contraindications.


How quickly does nitrous oxide wear off?

The effects of nitrous oxide usually wear off quickly after the gas supply is stopped. You may feel completely normal within a few minutes, and driving home after your appointment is typically safe.


Can nitrous oxide eliminate dental anxiety?

Nitrous oxide can significantly reduce dental anxiety during procedures, making dental visits more comfortable. However, it’s not a cure for dental phobia, which may benefit from cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Take the Next Step Towards Stress-Free Dental Care

At Smile Mantra Family Dentistry, we understand that dental anxiety can be a significant barrier to receiving essential dental care. If you’ve been delaying necessary dental work due to fear or stress, know that we are here to help. Our team is dedicated to creating a calm, welcoming environment, and we can offer solutions like nitrous oxide to alleviate anxiety and make your visit more comfortable. You’re not alone in your dental journey; we’re committed to supporting your path to optimal oral health.

We invite you to take the next step towards stress-free dental care by contacting us in Cary, North Carolina, at (919) 854-5524Dr. Kulhari is passionate about patient care and believes everyone should have access to relaxed, pain-free dental experiences. She will be more than happy to discuss the use of nitrous oxide or other suitable methods to help ease your anxiety and ensure you receive the necessary dental care you need for a healthy smile. Your comfort and well-being are our utmost priorities at Smile Mantra Family Dentistry.