Can You Drive After Laughing Gas

January Special: We’re offering free sedation, including laughing gas (restrictions apply). Call for more info, or to schedule a free dental consultation, (303) 323-8149.

Patients often ask us, “Can you drive after laughing gas.” And the answer, in most cases, is yes. Laughing gas, also known as nitrous oxide, is the mildest form of sedation that we offer in our office.

Laughing gas is administered through a nosepiece, and it can help make you feel relaxed (maybe even giddy) during your dental treatment. During the procedure, we monitor and control the amount of laughing gas, which helps ensure that you’re always comfortable. As soon as you begin to inhale the laughing gas, you’ll feel the effects almost instantly. And once we stop the flow of gas at the end of the procedure, the effects of the sedation wear off quickly. You should feel alert again, within minutes.

If, for some reason, you don’t feel alert enough to drive after your dental appointment, you can always spend time in our lobby area – reading, watching TV, or enjoying a cup of coffee or tea.

Because laughing gas is such a mild, yet effective, type of sedation, patients who are afraid of the dentist often choose laughing gas for many types of procedures, including dental cleanings.

It’s important to note that with the other two types of sedation that we offer – oral sedation and IV sedation – you’ll need to arrange to have someone pick you up after your appointment, drive you home, and watch you for a few hours to make sure that you don’t have an adverse reaction to the sedation.

For further information about laughing gas and its aftereffects, or to schedule a free dental consultation, please call our dental office at (303) 323-8149, or e-mail

Please note: We’re one of the only dental offices in the Denver metro area to offer all three types of sedation. We accept most dental insurance plans and are in network for: Delta Dental, Assurant, United Concordia, and Aetna.