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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 in our office 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.