Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

    Nitrous oxide is a commonly used dental sedative, used to help a patient relax,  that produces a giddiness or euphoria, which is why people frequently call it "laughing gas."  Nitrous oxide, a sweet-smelling gas, is a compound of nitrogen and oxygen.  It is inhaled, along with oxygen, through a nasal mask.  It is used for patients of all ages for a number of different procedures such as tooth restoration, crowns, or minor surgical procedures.  Nitrous oxide is often used along with local anesthetics and pain medications.  It has the effect of raising the pain threshold and may even make the time pass quickly. 

   Nitrous oxide provides "conscious sedation."  The patient is capable of rational response to a question or command.  Conscious sedation differs from general anesthesia since it does not put the patient totally "to sleep" and involves less risk.  If you have any questions, or for further information, feel free to call us at (954)340-4044. 

*This information was taken from the American Dental Association