inhalation sedation (Nitrous Oxide)

Nitrous Oxide Inhalation (Laughing Gas) is used to achieve a mild level of relaxation. It has been the primary means of sedation dentistry for many years and primarily used when treating children. 

It is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas which you can breathe. It is very safe, easy to use, comfortable, and allows the patient to breathe normally and remain in control.


advantages of using Nitrous Oxide

  • The depth of sedation can be altered at any time to increase or decrease the level of sedation
  • There is no after effect such as a “hangover”
  • Inhalation sedation is safe with no side effects
  • Inhalation sedation is very effective in minimizing gagging
  • It works rapidly as it reaches the brain within 20 seconds. In as little as 2-3 minutes its relaxation and pain minimizing properties develop
  • There may be some mild amnesia experienced and the patient may fall asleep, not remembering all of what happened during the appointment