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Does Nitrous Oxide Make You Sleepy
Absolutely!: The majority of my patients love it, and once they try it request it for dental procedures even if they don't really need it. There are a few people with claustrophobia who panic or will not try it. That's unfortunate as it is truly a great aid in relaxing patients and making the entire dental visit so much easier. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Relaxed But Aware: Nitrous oxide removes anxiety and fear, and it relaxes you. It does not make you fall asleep. You'll still be aware of your surroundings, and you'll be able to respond to questions. You just won't be worried or afraid about what's happening. The recovery from nitrous oxide is almost immediate, so when you're done, you'll be right back to normal. It's good stuff, but not all dentists offer it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not particularly: It doesn't force you to lie, either. Its feeling is one of disassociation, like you're floating. But you can still hear and understand what you are being asked and it does not force you to answer in any specific way. ...Read more
Avoid chronic use: The demorol in mpergan can accumlate with fatal consequences if taken repeatedly over a perioid of time. Generally the toxiicity causes seizures and hyper-irritability but you should be aware. ...Read more
Yes: Nitrous oxide (n2o) is an anesthetic gas administered during general anesthesia and in dental practice. It is an odorless, colorless gas that is supplied in pressurized tanks. It was the first anesthetic gas discovered in the 1840s in the us. With long term exposure n2o can cause bone marrow and nervous system damage associated with B12 deficiency. As such, it is no longer widely used. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes, you can: Nitrous oxide is a gas that is often used in the dentist's office because it takes effect quickly and goes away quickly. Once you feel wide awake, there's virtually none left in your system. Novocaine and other local anesthetics (numbing medicines) are very safe in the tiny amounts you would get for fillings, so no need to worry about your baby's exposure to them in breast milk. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Sedation vs Nitrous : Great question. Nitrous is a better and more complete anesthetic, since it not only sedates but also controls pain. "sedation" is intravenous medication or a pill given an hour before the procedure, that sedates but does not control pain. Your dentist will also use local anesthetics to control pain. There is research tying nitrous to permanent mild brain damage in mammals (rats). Your call. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Nitrous Oxide: See: http://www.clinicalanaesthesiology.com/article/S1521-6896(01)90166-1/abstract?cc=y and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitrous_oxide Few patients actually laugh, but it does relax you and therefore diminish your inhibitions. The actual mechanism of how it works is not fully known. ...Read more
Hypoxia: When nitrous oxide is administered in a medical setting by a special manifold, there is always more oxygen flowing to your lungs than in regular air. In this way it is safe. Use of the gas without this manifold can result in oxygen levels in you blood to drop resulting in a potentially fatal scenario. ...Read more
Does nitrous oxide gas interact with methadone? I would rather not disclose that I am taking methadone, but i may need nitrous during the procedure.
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