Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a safe way to relax our patients during procedures. Nitrous Oxide has no color and does not irritate the patient in any way. This gas has been the most practical way to sedate patients for dentistry work for years.

Nitrous Oxide is mixed with oxygen and administered to the patient. Typically, this percentage ranges from 30-50% nitrous oxide mixed with 50-70% oxygen.

Patients who have been administered Nitrous Oxide can still breathe normally and can maintain control off all of their actions and body functions. The most common side effect of this while this sedative is administered is mild amnesia and temporary drowsiness.

Dr. Heaton administers nitrous oxide for a multitude of reasons:

  • The ratio of oxygen to Nitrous oxide can be changed at any time
  • Patients experience no after-effects such as “hangovers”
  • Nitrous Oxide is completely safe and does not harm the patient’s lungs or heart
  • The sedation is painless and it minimizes gagging
  • The sedation affects the brain at a rapid pace. Within 2-3 minutes, patients will feel its effects.

Not all patients should use Nitrous Oxide. For example, patients who have been diagnosed with serious lung disease or have a great difficulty breathing, should not be administered this sedative. Pregnant women should not be on laughing gas.

Nitrous Oxide should not be used if you have been diagnosed with:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Exotic Chest Problems
  • M.S.
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