Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide, also referred to as “sweet air” or “laughing gas”, is a very old, safe, and simple means of providing an added level of comfort to a patient when used by itself. Nitrous oxide is breathed into the lungs, whereby the patient typically experiences a relaxed feeling. The patient is completely awake and aware of their surroundings when this technique is administered properly, and the gas does not provide any loss of memory or pain control during the procedure. This simple technique is utilized simply to ease anxiety for a short procedure and is not intended to be utilized for lengthy time periods.