What is Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
Nitrous Oxide Sedation, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is one option Dr. Ferrer may offer to help make you more comfortable during your vasectomy. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions Dr. Ferrer may have. Dr. Ferrer will ask you to breathe normally and within a few short minutes, you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. 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.
Nitrous oxide is a non-allergenic, nonirritating gas that affects the central nervous system. It’s one of the safest forms of sedation available and patients who have used it report very few — if any side effects. If you’re like most patients, you’ll begin to feel the nitrous oxide take effect within 3-5 minutes. Following treatment, the effects of this gas are completely reversed within 3-5 minutes, simply by breathing normally. In fact, you will be able to safely drive home or to work following your appointment.
What Are the Benefits of Using Nitrous Oxide During Your Vasectomy?
There are many benefits. Following are the most common ones:
- Nitrous oxide can make you feel more comfortable during your appointment.
- You remain conscious and are fully aware during treatment.
- The depth of sedation can be varied throughout your treatment as required.
- Your gag reflex and flow of saliva are somewhat decreased.
- Nitrous oxide can reduce the discomfort or anxiety associated with an injection of local anesthesia; in some cases (particularly with small children) it takes the place of an injection altogether.
- Most importantly, it helps to eliminate fear and reduces anxiety by helping you relax.