At High Desert Dental we understand that some people may have some fear or nervous feelings when coming to the dentist. We have taken the necessary precautions to make the people of Albuquerque, New Mexico feel more comfortable in our office while getting the procedures they need. 


child sedated while getting dental work doneMost of the anxiety that surrounds coming to the dentist no matter your age, is the numbing process and the fear of the drills used in restorative procedures. Because of these fears, our office offers sedation options to help you be more comfortable. 




There are many options for sedation, but only a few are used in the dental field. One of the most common forms of sedation is Nitrous or better known as laughing gas. Laughing gas is used at different levels depending on the variating need to be relaxed. 


Depending on your anxiety level or how worried you are about your procedure, the dentist will decide the amount and level of laughing gas that will help you. 


How does Nitrous work? 


The way that the laughing gas is administered to the patient is through pipes connected to a nose piece that is placed over the nose. The gas is then pushed through the pipes to the nose piece where the patient calmly breathes it in. 


Laughing gas helps the patient feel somewhat sleepy and it distracts them from the actual procedure that is happening. 


Benefits of Nitrous 


  • Nitrous is known as laughing gas because it helps calm you down and makes you a little sleepy, relaxing you for the procedure 
  • All ages can use Nitrous 
  • Administration of the Nitrous is very easy and harmless 
  • After using Nitrous patient is fully able to go about daily activities, side effects only last for 3-5 minutes after the mask is removed 


If you are in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area and have been putting off your dental care because of your fear or anxiety over the dentist, we are here to help you. It is very important to us that we make coming to High Desert Dental an amazing experience for all! If you would like to learn more about our sedation dentistry or Nitrous please give us a call!