Nitrous Oxide Sedation (laughing gas)

Nitrous Oxide has been the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years. Nitrous oxide is safe, the patient receives 50-70% oxygen with no less than 30% nitrous oxide.  It is a pleasant smelling gas which is inhaled comfortably through a nasal mask.

The patient is able to breathe on their own and speak and swallow throughout the procedure.

The patient may experience mild amnesia and may fall asleep, not remembering all of what happened during their appointment.

There are many advantages to using Nitrous Oxide

  • The depth of sedation can be altered at any time to increase or decrease sedation.
  • There is no after effect such as a “hangover”.  It is rapidly cleared from your system and you can drive yourself home.
  • Inhalation sedation is safe with no side effects on your heart and lungs, etc.
  • 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 killing properties develop.

Other Sedation Dentistry Techniques

Our office also offers Oral Sedation and Intravenous Sedation.  Both of these techniques will allow you deeper sedation.  If you choose the option of IV sedation, your anesthesia will be administered and monitored by an anesthesiologist.  While Drs. Hirschfield Louik or Huyett is concentrating on your dentistry, an anesthesiologist will be closely monitoring your well being.