Nitrous Oxide

Laughing Gas

Nitrous Oxide is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas which you can breathe.

Nitrous Oxide has been the primary means of analgesia (pain relief) and relaxation in dentistry for many years. Nitrous oxide is safe, the patient receives 50-70% oxygen with no less than 30% nitrous oxide.

The patient is awake, able to breathe on their own and remain in control of all bodily functions.

The patient may experience relaxation and a floating sensation. Nitrous Oxide is used for analgesia and anti-anxiety in this office.

There are many advantages to using Nitrous Oxide

  • The depth of analgesia and relaxation can be altered at any time to increase or decrease the effect.
  • There is no after effect such as a “hangover”.
  • Inhalation analgesia is safe with no side effects on your heart and lungs, etc.
  • Inhalation analgesia is very effective in minimizing gagging.
  • It works rapidly as it reaches the brain within 20 seconds. In as little as 2-3 minutes its relaxation and pain killing properties develop.

Reasons to not use Nitrous Oxide

You should not utilize Nitrous Oxide if you have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Though there are no other major contraindications to using nitrous oxide, you may not want to use it if you have emphysema, exotic chest problems, M.S., a cold or other difficulties with breathing. You should not utilize Nitrous Oxide if you are pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant.

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.