Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous Oxide (N2O) is also known as “laughing gas”. It is simply a gas that you breathe in. It’s considered conscious sedation, because the patient is alert during the entire duration of the procedure. Patients who are anxious or fearful of dental procedures can opt to have laughing gas administered to help with the anxiety.
The effects of nitrous oxide can vary from patient to patient. But generally, patients under the influence of the gas will experience diminished pain, a warm fuzzy feeling, and uneasiness turns into delight. It is safely administered as a mixture with Oxygen (O2) and inhaled through a tiny mask that fits on your nose.
While sedated, you would still be able to communicate with the dentist, and would still be aware of your surroundings. The dentist will ask that you breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes, you should start feeling the effects of the gas. You may feel your arms and legs a bit heavier than usual, maybe even a bit tingly, but ultimately you should feel comfortable and relaxed.