Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Do kids fall asleep with nitrous oxide? 

–They can, but this is not mandatory, nor is it necessarily expected. The purpose of the nitrous is to calm your child down. It is very effective in this regard. Sometimes we combine nitrous with having an entertaining kid’s tv show on our tv in the treatment room. The combination of the gas and the onscreen entertainment is more than sufficient to calm down most anxious kids.

Does nitrous knock you out?

–If by “knock you out,” you mean render you unconscious, no. That is not the purpose of nitrous. The purpose of it is to lower your anxiety, as well as provide pain relief. Some patients do fall asleep while they are on it though, and if this happens it is usually not a cause for concern.

Is it normal to fall sleep during laughing gas?

–It definitely does happen. It does not happen to all patients. If we see that patients are falling asleep and starting to show signs of labored breathing, we will lower the nitrous level and increase the oxygen. If patients fall asleep it should be a light sleep and not a deep slumber with slow breathing. Nitrous is very safe though, when compared to other more “invasive” forms of sedation.

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