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Does Nitrous Oxide Make You Sleepy
Yes: People have died while using nitrous oxide recreationally. It is due to the lack of oxygen, not the danger inherent in the drug itself. Professionally administered it is extremely safe. Reducing anxiety actually can make dental procedures safer. Prolonged, excessive exposure to nitrous oxide can cause neurological problems. And it's use during pregnancy and by pregnant team members is unwise. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sleepiness, nausea: Nitrous oxide is a gas that can be used as a component of general anesthesia. It is a weak anesthetic in its own right, and is sometimes used in dental offices to supplement pain relief. Its main effect is drowsiness or sleep, and the most common side effect is nausea. Nitrous oxide is used much less in anesthesia today since we have other, more potent anesthetic gases in wide use. ...Read more
Yes.: I am assuming this is for a dental appointment or some similar medical reason and not for recreation. It is only safe under the supervision of a trained medico. Partying with nitrous oxide can result in brain damage or even death because no one is making sure you get enough oxygen! ...Read more
None: Nitrous oxide is a vapor with rapid onset and offset, poor anesthesia (amnesia) maintenance, and excellent analgesia in high concentrations. As such, it is unique in its properties. There are intravenous equivalents, but none that can be simply breathed. It's major side-effect is nausea and vomiting, so it's popularity as an anesthesia adjunct in diminishing ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends many factors: In my area very few people ask for it and the city regulations (san francisco) make it not worth the trouble. Patients do not want to pay for it out of pocket and ins will not reimburse the dentist. Today there are other options for anxious patients such as pre-medication with valium type drugs. Also now we can buffer the anesthetic for more profound anesthesia. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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