Nitrous Oxide

November 8, 2017Uncategorized Standard

Brentwood Village Dental Clinic is pleased to offer Nitrous Oxide as one of our various sedation options. Nitrous Oxide (N2O), also known as “laughing gas”, is a type of inhalation sedation. The gas N2O is a safe and effective sedative that is sweet-smelling, non-irritating, and has no color. When inhaled, Nitrous Oxide induces a euphoric feeling, which should help make you more comfortable during dental procedures. Nitrous Oxide is not intended to put you to sleep, you will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have.


Your dentist will place a small mask over your nose and ask you to breathe normally. Within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of N2O wear off soon after the mask is removed. Talk to your dentist about whether Nitrous Oxide would be a good option for you.


N2O is billed in units of time, one unit is equal to 15 minutes.  Please note that the amount of time required will range widely from patient to patient. The time necessary for an appointment will depend on the treatment being provided, as well as possible unexpected delays caused by unforeseen difficulty during a procedure (particularly with extractions and root canal treatments). Please feel free to ask our receptionists for fees regarding Nitrous Oxide. We will be happy to send a pre-determination to your insurance company in order to check what your coverage would be for this service. It takes approximately 2 to 6 weeks to receive a written response from your insurance provider.


The first time Nitrous Oxide was used on a dental patient as an anesthetic drug was when dentist Horace Wells, with assistance by Gardner Quincy Colton and John Mankey Riggs, demonstrated insensitivity to pain from a dental extraction on December 11, 1844. Dr. Wells was an American dentist who pioneered the use of anesthesia in dentistry.

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