Nitrous oxide accelerates treatment

Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide/oxygen gas mixtures in variable concentrations have been used by dentists for many years. Entonox®, a fixed concentration gas mixture consisting of 50% nitrous oxide (N2O) and 50% oxygen (O2) was first used by obstetricians and has since become an established analgesic.

Entonox® is widely used to offer women self-regulated pain relief during childbirth; as a short-duration anesthetic for medical procedures, and in ambulances for fast-acting pain relief following trauma.

Compared to drug-based injected analgesics, Entonox® has the advantages of being non-invasive, safe, effective, convenient to administer, and inexpensive.

Furthermore, it does not remain in a person’s system, which enables women to safely breastfeed immediately after childbirth, for example.

In recent times, however, medical nitrous oxide, an invariable and smaller percentage mixes with oxygen, has also been used in the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction.

Drug addiction has become a serious problem in countries all over the world. Unmedicated drug abuse can destroy a person’s normal physiological and immune functions so that users become easily infected with various diseases. Drug abuse can also weaken the addict’s mental ability, human dignity, physical strength, and energy levels. Eventually, addicts may become completely lost to society – and some may even die, due to overdoses, health complications, or self-neglect.