Nitrous Oxide is a sweet smelling, non irritating, colorless gas which you can breathe. Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) has been the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years and is very safe. You are able to breathe on your own and remain in control of all bodily functions. You may experience mild amnesia and can remain cooperative for longer appointments.

There are many advantages to using Nitrous Oxide:

  • the depth of sedation can be altered at any time
  • there is no after effect such as a “hangover”
  • inhalation sedation is safe with no side effects on your heart, lungs, etc.
  • inhalation sedation is very effective in minimizing gagging
  • It works rapidly as it reaches the brain within 20 seconds. In as few as 2-3 minutes its relaxation and pain killing properties develop.
  • you are able to drive yourself home

Reasons not to use Nitrous Oxide:

Though there are no major contraindications to using nitrous oxide, you may not want to use it if you have emphysema, exotic chest problems, M.S., a cold or other difficulties with breathing. You may want to ask Dr. Burke for a “5 minute trial” to see how you feel with this type of sedation method before proceeding.


-Lubbock Dentist,  Jeremy Burke DDS, P.A.