What is Nitrous Oxide?
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. The chemical compound formula for Nitrous Oxide is N2O. It is a colorless, non-flammable gas, with a slightly sweet odor and taste. Four Seasons Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Plymouth, MN uses Nitrous Oxide in our dentistry practice for its anesthetic and analgesic effects .
Why do We Use Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is one option we offer to help make our patients feel more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions during your procedure. In using Nitrous Oxide we will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the Nitrous Oxide. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. The primary effect is that it should make our patients feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.