Nitrous Oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas, is safe and friendly for children and adults. Perhaps you’ve heard your friends or other patients in the office talk about the benefits of nitrous oxide (N202). It may be an option for you during your next dental procedure.
Here are some important facts that you should review first.
Nitrous oxide is a non-allergenic, non-irritating gas that affects the central nervous system. It’s one of the safest forms of sedation available, and patients who have used it report very few, if any, side effects.
If you’re like most patients, you’ll begin to feel the nitrous oxide take effect within 3-5 minutes. Following treatment the effects of this gas are completely reversed within 3-5 minutes, simply by breathing normally. In fact, you will be able to safely drive home or to work following your appointment.
How is Nitrous Oxide administered?
Nitrous Oxide is administered as by inhalation. You breathe nitrous oxide — otherwise known as “laughing gas” — combined with oxygen through a mask that’s placed over your nose. The gas helps you relax. Dr. Cancelliere can control the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas tends to wear off quickly. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.