Nitrous oxide has significant medical uses, especially in surgery and dentistry, for its anesthetic and pain reducing effects. It’s name “laughing gas”, coined by Humphry Davy, is due to the euphoric effects upon inhaling it, a property that has led to its recreational use as a dissociative anesthetic.
Nitrous oxide is a safe common sedation method that’s appropriate for adults and children.
Nitrous oxide’s sedation effect is felt within minutes, and the effect wears off within minutes after gas is stopped. Nitrous oxide is mainly used in conjunction with local dental anesthesia, which is still necessary to numb your mouth during oral surgery.
Because of those warm, positive sensations, our patients find nitrous oxide is excellent for helping them overcome fear and anxiety during dental procedures.