Nitronox Specialist

New Skin Medical

James C. Sherman, MD

Laser Specialist & Aesthetic Specialist located in Martinez, GA


Nitronox is a delivery system that provides a gas mixture of 50% medical nitrous oxide and 50% medical oxygen and is used to help ease discomfort during some medical and aesthetic procedures. It is classified as an analgesic (meant for pain relief) not an anesthetic (meant to put you to sleep). The gas mixture is self-administered by the patient through a mask or mouthpiece in which they inhale as they need.

The Nitronox system delivers the gas mixture through a mask or mouthpiece when you inhale. After several deep breaths, you will start to feel more relaxed—this is because the gas triggers the release of the body’s natural endorphins and dopamine. Inhalations can be administered on an as-needed basis throughout your treatment. Once you stop inhaling, the feeling will wear off within 5-10 minutes.

Most patients will feel the effects of nitrous oxide within a minute or two. Once you stop inhaling the gas mixture it will be completely out of your system within 5-10 minutes. You will start feeling back to normal almost immediately.

Can I drive after using nitrous oxide and oxygen?

Yes! The effects of nitrous oxide are completely out of your system within a few minutes. It is reasonable that a patient can safely go home about 10 minutes after ceasing use of nitrous oxide and oxygen.