Nitrous Oxide is a sweet smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas which you can breathe. Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) has been a primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years. It produces mild euphoria and amnesia. It has a calming effect on mildly anxious patients. Administered as a inhalant, along with oxygen, it is safe and leaves little or no “hangover”, so patients are able to transport themselves to and from the office.
There are many advantages to using Nitrous Oxide. The depth of sedation can be altered at any time to increase or decrease sedation. Inhalation sedation is safe with no side effects. It is very effective in minimizing gagging. It works rapidly as it reaches the brain within 20 seconds. In as few as 2-3 minutes its relaxation and pain killing properties develop.
We do not use Nitrous Oxide if you are pregnant, have emphysema, chest problems, multiple sclerosis, a cold or other difficulties with breathing. You may want to ask your dentist for a “5 minute trial” to see how you feel with this type of sedation method before proceeding.