Top
20
Doctor insights on: Laughing Gas

Share
Dr. Andrew Berry
1 doctor shared a insight

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


2

2
What should I expect with laughing gas?

What should I expect with laughing gas?

Very relaxed: You will feel a tingling sensation in your arms and legs. You may feel warm and feel like you are floating, or loopy, is a very pleasant feeling, very relaxing. You will not feel the novacaine or the dental procedure. The whole thing will feel like it has only been a few minutes. Gas makes dental procedures much easier and is very safe. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
3

3
Can you drive after getting laughing gas?

Can you drive after getting laughing gas?

At some point: It takes about 10 minutes after the laughing gas is removed before the effects have dissipated enough so you can leave the office and drive. I usually stop administering the nitrous oxide and flush with oxygen enough before the procedure is over to ensure that the patient has his\her full capacities before getting out of my chair, let alone the office. I cannot vouch for what others do. ...Read more

4

4
What is it like to be put on laughing gas?

Varies: Some patients become happy and laugh while others become relax with a surreal feeling. It is a very safe gas for dental procedures. Enjoy! ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
5

5
Can you tell me how can laughing gas work ?

Mild sedation: Nitrous oxide/oxygen is the weakest of all anesthesia gases used today. It will produce a level of analgesia (increased tolerance for mild pain) by way of the central nervous system and decrease anxiety. It should produce it's effect at around a 20- 40% concentration and should be administered with oxygen. It takes 3-5 minutes to clear and you should be given 100% oxygen before and after. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
6

6
Does laughing gas make you tell your secrets?

No: Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) does not make you tell your secrets although you may become somewhat disinhibited. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
7

7
Please explain what does laughing gas feel like?

Please explain what does laughing gas feel like?

Laughing gas: For most people they have a feeling similar to a drink or two- light headed, relaxed, silly, less apprehensive, senses dulled, less aware of or bothered by treatment, etc. Most patients love the feeling and request it for subsequent treatment visits. A few who are claustrophobic or are control freaks, don't like it. ...Read more

8

8
What does it feel like to be put on laughing gas?

What does it feel like to be put on laughing gas?

Numbed senses +: Relaxed, calm, happy, "floating", etc. Most patients love it. Some can even forgo local anesthesia with it, especially kids. ...Read more

See 4 more doctor answers
10

10
Can you suggest any alternative to laughing gas and shots?

Can you suggest any alternative to laughing gas and shots?

Basic options:: 1. Nothing 2. Local anesthesia (can add laughing gas or oral sedation) 3. Iv sedation 4. General anesthesia. Please re-post question with why you are asking this and\or problems? Concerns? Issues? It would be best to discuss this with the dentist that you have chosen to actually treat you. ...Read more

11

11
I am going under laughing gas tomorrow help, what to expect?

I am going under laughing gas tomorrow help, what to expect?

Pleasant experience: Unless you are an a personality who requires being in charge, it is like having a few cocktails. You can hear what is going on around you, but you don't really pay attention or care. The sensation is reversed at completion by flushing you with oxygen. ...Read more

12

12
How long is it supposed to it take for laughing gas to work?

How long is it supposed to it take for laughing gas to work?

2-3 minutes: Laughing gas works by breathing in a mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen. The higher the concentration of nitrous or laughing gas, the faster the affect. However in no case can the percentage exceed 70% higher is unsafe. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
13

13
Gonna be put under laughing gas, what does it do to you exactly?

Mild sedation: You will be unaware or minimally aware of the procedure and there will be no or marginal recollection of the events during surgery. ...Read more

14

14
How does laughing gas feel like right after they put on the mask?

Takes some time: For dental procedures it is usually a nasal hood that is used and not a full face mask. It takes a few minutes before you will feel the effects and how much you feel depends on the % of "laughing gas" you are breathing and your individual sensitivity to it. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
15

15
Having wavy floating patterns in vision after laughing gas..What do I do?

Having wavy floating patterns in vision after laughing gas..What do I do?

Ophthalmologist: It may be nothing at all but i would recommend that you see an ophthalmologist and have your eyes checked out just to be safe. ...Read more

16

16
Once stopped does laughing gas eliminate from the body immediately or does it need to to be metabolized?

Effects Linger: "laughing gas" as it is known, is a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. The nitrous oxide has to be "cleared" from your blood stream and lungs once the practitioner has turned off the nitrous oxide. This is why the patient usually breathes only oxygen for some time after the procedure. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
17

17
Can laughing gas work as truth serum?

No: Nitrous oxide is a gas used to relax patients. As you state 'laughing gas". Sodium Pentothal is "truth serum". ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
18

18
Is the effect of laughing gas like being drunk?

Is the effect of laughing gas like being drunk?

Not quite...: The nitrous oxide has a way of disassociating you with the enviroment, warps your sense of time, and delays your reaction to any stimulus. But you remain coherent.. You can respond when being spoken to, and you can understand what is going on around you, you just don't care. If you're really drunk, you may be incoherent. There's a fine line of similarity. N2o is instantly reversible, alcohol no. ...Read more

20

20
Can doctors tell me what does laughing gas feel like?

Tingling, floating: Laughing gas or nitrous oxide is used by dentists to relax patient. Patients tell me it feels like the buzz when you have a drink or take valium. Some report they feel tingling all over or as if they are so light that they are floating on air. At higher concentrations one can enter the realm of deep sedation and general anesthesia. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer

Gas (Definition)

In a medical context, "having gas" refers to having too much gas in the bowels. This causes burping, cramps in the belly, ...Read more


Laughter (Definition)

Laughter = psycho-physiological reflex which is often in response to ...Read more