Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas” is non-irritating, colorless and odorless gas which you can breathe.
Nitrous oxide has been the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years. Nitrous oxide is safe.
The patient is able to breathe on their own and remain in control of all bodily functions.
There are many advantages to using Nitrous Oxide
- The depth of sedation can be altered at any time to increase or decrease sedation.
- There is no after effect such as a “hangover”.
- Inhalation sedation is safe with no side effects on your heart and lungs, etc.
- Inhalation sedation 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 respiratory conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, common cold, asthma or difficulty breathing.
Nitrous oxide is not recommended if you are pregnant, have a history of mental conditions or substance abuse.