Nitrous Oxide is a dissociative anesthetic. Meaning it hurts… but you don’t care! Since dental procedures are performed with anesthetic, pain is generally not the issue, but it is dissociative (anti-anxiety) properties that we/you want. Nitrous is a very safe sedation option (arguably THE safest) and most dentists have it available. It’s generally acceptable to most insurance companies and is relatively inexpensive (approximately $45) at our office. It’s definitely a great entry level and safe sedative.