Nitrous, or nitrous oxide, is more frequently referred to by another name (one which you may be more familiar), laughing gas. It is a colorless gas, and a form of mild sedation, designed to take the edge off just enough to help you relax. It is often used for patients who are only a little nervous. It works quick and wears off just as fast, and is often used in conjunction with other forms of sedation.
Nitrous oxide is a very simple procedure. A nosepiece is placed over your nose. With the twist of a knob, a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen are delivered to the nosepiece. All you have to do is inhale. As you breathe in, the nitrous oxide places you in a dream-like state, but you remain awake.
You have some control with nitrous oxide. The more you breathe in (or, the deeper you breathe), the more of the gas you take in. Breathing through your mouth can lessen the effects of the gas. We can also control the amount of gas given. Nitrous oxide is one of the safest medications available in our office.
Once your procedure is over, the gas is shut off. Shortly after, the effects of the nitrous oxide wear off. You are back to your normal self in no time, with no lingering after effects. This means that you can drive yourself home following your procedure if you want.
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