Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless 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 receives 50-70% oxygen with no less than 30% nitrous oxide. The patient is able to breathe on their own and remain in control of all bodily functions. The patient may experience mild amnesia and may fall asleep, not remembering all of what happened during their appointment,
Advantages of using Nitrous Oxide:
- The depth of sedation can be altered at any time to increase or decrease sedation
- No after effect such as a hangover
- Inhalation sedation is safe with no side effects on your heart and lungs, etc.
- Effective in minimizing gagging
- Working rapidly in as little as 2-3 minutes, its relaxation and pain killing properties develop
Reasons not to use Nitrous Oxide:
You should not utilize Nitrous Oxide if you have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or are pregnant. 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.