Dr. Leonard Spector uses nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, extensively in his office. Nitrous oxide reduces anxiety and makes injections easier for patients.
Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is used extensively in our office. We offer it to our patients who are having a procedure while they are completely awake, and the laughing gas will decrease the amount of anxiety that the patient feels during the procedure.
Laughing gas is administered through a nose piece that is placed over one’s nose and the laughing gas is adjusted until the patient is feeling comfortable and less anxious. Then I can inject my local anesthesia with the patient who is much less aware of having the injection. We leave the laughing gas on during the procedure, and then after the procedure is completed the patient breathes oxygen for another three to four minutes. The effects of the nitrous oxide dissipate quickly, and the patient has an extremely fast recovery.
Although laughing gas is a very safe modality, we closely monitor all patients no matter what type of anesthesia they have in our office. We are fully equipped to handle emergencies, but patients and doctors typically like laughing gas because the patient remains awake though relaxed through the procedure and the effects of the gas are not at all long lasting.
Patients can drive themselves home afterward, which is a significant advantage. Patients who opt for intravenous sedation must arrive at the office with a driver, because intravenous sedation takes longer to wear off, and we do not want anyone who has had intravenous sedation to drive themselves home.
We find that nitrous oxide to be an extremely acceptable way for most patients who want something a little more than local anesthesia but who may not want to have intravenous sedation.
Dr. Leonard Spector