Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Analgesia

Pain Management for Short And Minimally Invasive Procedures

Ask your healthcare provider if nitrous oxide can be used during your procedure!

What is nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective anxiolytic and analgesic agent that is mixed with oxygen. Nitrous oxide is used
during procedures and treatments to help make you feel more comfortable.

How does the nitrous and oxygen analgesia system work?

The nitrous oxide and oxygen analgesia system delivers a safe mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen which is inhaled
through a mouthpiece or mask, providing you control over self-administration. Your doctor will ask you to breathe
normally through your mouth, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the gas
mixture. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off within 5-10 minutes after the last inhalation of the N2O/O2 mixture.

How will I feel while using nitrous oxide?

Most patients will say it makes them feel relaxed, and their arms and legs feel light. Some patients feel tingling in their extremities and report feeling like they are floating, and/or sinking. As nitrous oxide is often called “laughing gas”, some patients will feel giggly when the gas mixture takes effect. Moreover, your voice may temporarily change during the administration of nitrous oxide since vocal cords are affected by nitrous oxide.

Is nitrous oxide safe?

Nitrous oxide has been used for over 100 years and has a long-standing safety record. When the Nitronox device is used, you are awake (conscious), responsive, and breathing normally on your own.

Benefits and Advantages

  • Provides comfort and reduces anxiety
  • Self-administered
  • Fast acting
  • Quick recovery
  • Alternative for oral medications and opioids

Will my insurance cover this procedure?

While nitrous oxide has been used during medical procedures for decades, the use of nitrous oxide and oxygen analgesia systems is not currently covered by insurance. It is considered an add-on service for treatments and procedures, which you will discuss with your provider.

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