What is Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
Nitrous oxide, often called “laughing gas” is our lightest form of sedation. It works the quickest & wears off the quickest! No need for a driver for this. Most patients are able to use Nitrous and feel its effect is just enough. Nitrous gives you a very relaxed, comfortable feeling. Nitrous gives that spacey feeling. Most patients describe it as “being on Cloud 9”.
Nitrous is perfect for those patients who have a little anxiety. It helps take the “edge” off.
The Nitrous is administered by placing a mask over your nose. It has a tube that is inserted into the left nostril and one into the right nostril. First the doctor will have you breathe oxygen, then he’ll turn on the Nitrous gas. You will start to feel its effects almost immediately. The great thing about Nitrous is that you can adjust its levels. You can have more nitrous if you don’t have enough or we can turn it down if you feel like you have too much. With nitrous you are able to drive yourself home safely.