Relax, and Take the Edge Off
Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) is used in dentistry as an adjunct to anesthesia. It is a gas you can breathe through a mask, colorless, with a slight smell, and works quickly and leaves the body just as quickly. It is not an anesthetic--it is an analgesic, because it raises your pain threshold in addition to creating relaxation or a pleasurable feeling. The device in our office is a fail-safe device, allowing a gas mixture that is always at lease 70% oxygen. It is very safe and has no ill effects on the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys or brain. Usually nitrous oxide delivery is titrated--gradually increased until a comfortable level is reached, so that oversedation is not a problem. It can be just enough to "take the edge off " and make your dental experience more manageable.
Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc.,
Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics
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