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Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax.

Nitrous oxide, also known as "laughing gas," is an option that we offer our patients to make them feel more comfortable during certain procedures.  Nitrous oxide is not intended to put you to sleep.  You can hear and respond to any directions or requests.  You will breathe in normally through your nose and within a few minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide.  Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy, while others feel light-headed or a tingling in their arms and legs.  Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable.

Once the procedure is over, the nitrous will be turned off and the effects will wear off quickly.  Oxygen only will be given for about 5 minutes after the nitrous oxide is turned off.

Nitrous oxide is not used on everyone.  If you feel that you could benefit from using nitrous oxide or would like more information about it, please ask a member of our staff.