Via a procedure called ‘inhaled minimal sedation’ you breathe nitrous oxide – otherwise known as “laughing gas” – combined with oxygen through a mask that is placed over your nose. Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent. It is not intended to put you to sleep. Dr. Urban will control the amount of sedation you receive to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures.
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 nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.