What is Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide more commonly referred to as laughing gas, is used as a local sedation. It is colorless and odorless. Nitrous oxide is effective as a sedative because it relaxes patients with the pleasurable feelings it emits. Nitrous oxide’s usefulness also stems from how quickly it works and that its effects are reversible and is widely considered to be a safe sedation method.
Can I drive after Nitrous?
Unlike other forms of sedation dentistry, you are perfectly safe to drive after using nitrous oxide. One of the benefits of nitrous oxide is that we can carefully control the dose and the timing. The gas starts working quickly after you begin inhaling it, and it wears off again just as fast once the gas is removed.
Does it make you unconscious?
Inhalation sedation is a technique that uses a gas called nitrous oxide (often called ‘laughing gas‘) to help you to cope with fear and anxiety during dental treatment. … The nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and the amount used is very unlikely to make you unconscious.
Will I feel any pain with Nitrous?
Conscious sedation with nitrous oxide can help you lose that anxiety, and make the whole experience so stress-free that you may not even remember it when it’s over. … But when nitrous oxide is used in combination with a local anesthetic, you shouldn’t experience any pain or anxiety.
How long do the effects of Nitrous last?
Nitrous oxide’s sedation effect is felt within minutes, and the effect wears off within minutes after the gas is stopped. The sedation effect takes anywhere from 30 seconds to three or four minutes to begin.