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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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


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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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