What is Nitrous Oxide?

It’s a non-irritating, sweet-smelling, colorless gas which you can breathe.  Nitrous Oxide is a safe sedation method and has been the the primary means of sedation in dentistry for over a century.

Affects of Nitrous Oxide

Patients are able to breathe on their own and remain in control of all bodily functions.  In some cases, the patient may experience mild amnesia and may fall asleep, not remembering all of what happened during their dental appointment.

Advantages to using Nitrous Oxide

  • There is no after effect such as a “hangover.”
  • It is safe and without side effects on your heart and lungs, etc.
  • Inhalation sedation is very effective in minimizing gagging.
  • The depth of sedation can be altered at any time to increase or decrease sedation.
  • It works rapidly as it reaches the brain within 20 seconds with relaxation developing in as little as 2-3 minutes.

You Should Not Use Nitrous Oxide If…

  • You should not utilize Nitrous Oxide if you have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • You should also not use Nitrous Oxide if you are currently pregnant as it can cause potential birth complications and even abortions.
  • You may not want to use Nitrous Oxide if you have emphysema, exotic chest problems, M.S., a cold or other difficulties with breathing.
  • You may want to ask request a “5 minute trial” to see how you feel with this type of sedation method before proceeding.