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Nitrous Oxide (N20)

Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a mask that fits over your nose ultimately used to help you relax.

Nitrous Oxide, usually referred to “laughing gas,” is an option we offer to our patients to make them feel more comfortable during certain procedures. This method is not intended to put the patient to sleep. They will be able to hear and respond to any request or directions given during a procedure. Once adjusted to the appropriate level we will ask the patient to breathe normally through their nose, and within a few short minutes, the patient will slowly start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel slightly light headed or a tingling sensation in your arms and legs, some patients describe the feeling as “heavy.” Ultimately, the patient should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.