Nitrous oxide gas is mixed with oxygen and helps many patients feel more relaxed.
Nitrous oxide gas is a sedative that is inhaled by placing a small mask over the nasal area. It is mixed with oxygen and helps many patients feel more relaxed. It is commonly known as “laughing gas.” For many patients, it helps them feel less anxious. Some people feel light-headed or report their arms and legs feel heavy or tingly.
The effects of the nitrous gas end as soon as you stop inhaling it, and you can drive yourself home. It is beneficial for mild anxiety and can help patients relax. I like to think of the effects as similar to drinking a couple of glasses of wine. It is not suitable for procedures that are more complicated and difficult.