Nitrous Oxide is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas which you can breathe.
Nitrous Oxide is a safe and has been the primary means of conscious sedation in dentistry for many years. While on Nitrous Oxide, the patient will receive up to a maximum of 70% Nitrous and 30% Oxygen (Most patients require a much lower dose of Nitrous)
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.
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 and lungs, etc.
- Inhalation sedation is very effective in minimizing gagging.
- It works rapidly as it reaches the brain within 20 seconds. In as little as 2-3 minutes its relaxation, reduced anxiety, and pain nulling properties begin to develop.
Reasons to not use Nitrous Oxide
You should not utilize Nitrous Oxide if you have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, or severe complications with your lungs. Please notify the doctor if you are pregnant, have asthma, sinus infections, or trouble breathing through your nose.