Nitrous oxide is often called “laughing gas” because is makes some patients feel abnormally happy. Nitrous oxide is not a sleeping agent but is considered a light sedative. It is administered through a mask that covers your nose and is delivered with oxygen. This allows Dr. Scroggins to provide the necessary combination of gases to safely provide sedation and pain control for the individual patient’s needs. Once sedation has taken place, local anesthesia is administered to ensure pain control. Patients are continuously monitored during all nitrous oxide procedures.
Pre-operative instructions will be provided to you if your treatment plan will require this anesthesia option.