Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas)
Nitrous Oxide is a colorless, non-irritating, sweet-smelling gas that you can breathe.
For many years, nitrous oxide has been the principal means of sedation in dentistry. Nitrous oxide is safe as well. The patient receives 50-70 percent oxygen and around 30 percent nitrous oxide.
The patient can breathe on their own and control all body functions.
The patient may have slight amnesia and fall asleep, forgetting all that happened during their appointment.
ADVANTAGES OF USING NITROUS OXIDE
REASONS TO NOT USE NITROUS OXIDE
If you have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, you should not use Nitrous Oxide (COPD). Although there are no other severe contraindications to using nitrous oxide, you should avoid it if you have emphysema, exotic chest problems, a cold, or other breathing difficulties.
Before proceeding, you can request your dentist for a “5-minute trial” to evaluate how you feel about this type of sedation treatment.