New in Pain Management for Labor and Delivery: Nitrous Oxide

Posted Date: 2/20/2018

It is the goal of UPMC Pinnacle Hanover to give our patients choices in selecting pain management that will best meet their needs. Nitrous oxide has been used extensively worldwide as a primary form of pain relief (analgesia) for labor and birth.

Nitrous oxide (also known as nitrous or laughing gas) is a colorless, nonflammable, tasteless, and odorless gas. It is self-administered on demand by the patient. The system uses 50 percent nitrous oxide mixed with 50 percent oxygen. We will instruct you on how to use nitrous. Usually within 15 seconds women feel more relaxed. Your pain will not be totally gone but will become more manageable.

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