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is using laughing gas considered general anesthesia?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
No: Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) still allows the person to breathe. General anesthesia usually results in the patient not being able to breathe on their own and needing a ventilator to support breathing. An anesthesiologist is also present during general anesthesia.
Answered on Nov 26, 2013

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