Nitrous Oxide

Laughing Gas

Nitrous Oxide is a very safe, non-irritating, and colorless gas which you can breathe. Nitrous Oxide has been safely utilized in dental and medical settings for many years. 

While using nitrous oxide, patient is able to breathe on their own and remain in control of all bodily functions. The patient may experience mild amnesia and or feel sleepy. 

There are many advantages to using Nitrous Oxide

  • The depth of sedation can be altered at any time to increase or decrease sedation.
  • There is no after effect, such as a “hangover”.
  • Inhalation sedation is safe with no side effects on your heart, lungs, or other organs. 
  • Inhalation sedation is very effective in minimizing gagging.
  • It works rapidly, in as little as 2-3 minutes you will begin to notice the relaxation and pain killing effects. 
  • After completion of your procedure, the effects of Nitrous Oxide wear off quickly, meaning you can safely drive yourself to and from our office for your appointment.  

Reasons to not use Nitrous Oxide

You should not utilize Nitrous Oxide if you have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). There are no other major contraindications to using nitrous oxide, but if you have questions related to your personal health history, just ask Dr. Frideres or Dr. Everson to discuss this option with you.