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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Drowsiness (Definition)

Being tired is common during pregnancy, especially in the first few months and then towards the end. Exercise, rest, and proper diet all may reduce the degree of tiredness that you feel. It may help to take ...Read more


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How does nitrous oxide make you feel?

Relaxed: It makes you feel very relaxed. Some people laugh which is why it has the nickname laughing gas. ...Read more

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Can you die from nitrous oxide exposure?

Can you die from nitrous oxide exposure?

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 more

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What is the definition or description of: nitrous oxide?

What is the definition or description of: nitrous oxide?

Laughing gas: Nitrous oxide is used : as an analgesia to reduce patient fear, perception and pain. It creates a mild euphoria and sense of well being it does not anesthetize teeth or oral tissues it has a somewhat sweet smell. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of nitrous oxide?

What are the side effects of nitrous oxide?

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

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Does nitrous oxide have any addicting agents?

Does nitrous oxide have any addicting agents?

No: Nitrous oxide is a gas and is completely eliminated from your system prior to you leaving the dental office. ...Read more

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Nitrous oxide and Valium can be used in conjunction?

Nitrous oxide and Valium can be used in conjunction?

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

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What anesthetic alternatives are there for nitrous oxide?

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 more

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Could nitrous oxide for dentist work ?

Yes. : Nitrous oxide has been used safely in dental work for many years. ...Read more

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Why do dentists dislike using nitrous oxide?

Why do dentists dislike using nitrous oxide?

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 more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Nitrous Oxide (Definition)

Nitrous oxide is a colorless gas consisting of two atoms of nitrogen and one of oxygen. It is commonly known as "laughing gas" because of the sense euphoria it produces and it also has ...Read more