Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
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.
Unlike different types of sedation used in surgery, laughing gas isn’t very intense. The right dosage will likely make you feel euphoric, lightheaded, tingling and warm, and it will reduce the amount of pain you feel. Since laughing gas makes you so happy, it can also make you laugh more easily (thus the name).
Will nitrous oxide sedation put me to sleep? … Nitrous is not supposed to put you to sleep, although some may fall asleep. The point is to relax you, and for you to still feel conscious so you can give us feedback on your level of anxiety. The gas is inhaled through a mask you wear over your nose.
Nitrous oxide is safe and effective—so much so, it’s often used during pediatric dentistry. Unlike some other methods of sedation, the effects of nitrous oxide are not long-lasting. … In fact, nitrous oxide is the only form of sedation where patients are allowed to drive after the procedure and eat within 12 hours.