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 anxiolysis in dentistry for many years. Nitrous oxide is safe; the patient receives 50-70% oxygen. Patients are able to breathe on their own and remain in control of all bodily functions.
There are many advantages to using Nitrous Oxide
- There are no after effects
- 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 few as 2-3 minutes its relaxation and sensory decreasing properties develop.
Reasons to Not use Nitrous Oxide
Though there are no major contraindications to using nitrous oxide. You may not want to use it if you have emphysema, exotic chest problems, M.S., 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.