Dental Nitrous Oxide: A Safe and Effective Option
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a mild sedative agent that can be used to safely and effectively manage pain and reduce anxiety. It is a colorless, odorless gas that is breathed in through a small mask placed over the nose.
The gas is mixed with oxygen and inhaled. After breathing normally for a few minutes, the patient should feel the effects of the anesthesia. The nitrous slows down your nervous system, resulting in a reduction in inhibition, as well as a light-headed feeling and a heaviness in the arms and legs. The end result is a reduction in anxiety and a general feeling of calmness. One of the key aspects of its use is that the effects resolve after breathing pure oxygen for a few minutes, allowing patients to recover and drive themselves to and from the procedure. If you have anxiety about dental procedures, consider nitrous at your next appointment.
N2O is a colorless, odorless gas that provides mild sedation and general reduction in anxiety.
Headaches, nausea, shivering, sleepiness, sweating.
For most patients it is very safe.
1st trimester of pregancy, COPD, vitamin B-12 deficiency, people who have methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase deficiency, people with a history of substance abuse.
If high levels of nitrous are used for extensive periods, it can harm brain cells.