Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a colorless and odorless substance. When inhaled, the gas slows the body’s reaction time, resulting in a calm, euphoric feeling. N2O functions as a mild sedative and is an option for patients to help promote relaxation and reduce anxiety before and during minor orthopaedic procedures in the office.
Advantages of N2O use include:
- Anxiety control: N2O helps patients with mild to moderate anxiety become relaxed and fully cooperative by relieving the stress, fear, and anxiety associated with their orthopaedic office procedure.
- Pain control: N2O has analgesic properties that offer mild pain control.
- Patient/provider communication: N2O is only a light sedation in which patients remain conscious and are able to communicate with their provider and respond to instructions.
- Fast acting: N2O is a fast-acting inhalation sedation. Patients feel the anti-anxiety and pain reduction effects within 2 – 3 minutes.
- Fast recovery: The recovery time after the flow of N2O is discontinued is short. The patient will be given 100% oxygen for 3 – 5 minutes, which is usually enough for a full recovery. Within this period, 99% of the N2O is expelled from the lungs, and its effect disappears without aftereffects, such as a hangover, which is often common with taking oral sedatives.
How Nitrous Oxide Sedation Feels
The initial feeling of nitrous oxide sedation is lightheadedness and a tingling sensation, especially in the arms and legs, which is followed by a feeling of warmth all over the body. As the sedation reaches the desired levels, you will experience a pleasant feeling of euphoria and/or floating, and you will become completely relaxed. At the same time, your threshold of pain will continue to rise, and a feeling of numbness will develop, especially in soft tissues.
This service is available at a $100 cash rate.
To learn more about nitrous oxide sedation, please call (928) 773-2280.