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Doctor insights on: Nitrous Oxide Allergy In Children

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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Is nitrous oxide used on children who are having fillings done? My five year old daughter needs two fillings, and it sounds like they will put her all the way under. Is that done with nitrous oxide, or is some kind of IV used? I've never had nitrous oxide

Is nitrous oxide used on children who are having fillings done? My five year old daughter needs two fillings, and it sounds like they will put her all the way under. Is that done with nitrous oxide, or is some kind of IV used? I've never had nitrous oxide

I: I think dr. Funari's answer is great. I would add that at the age of five and if the cavities are small I can usually restore those teeth without numbing providing we use nitrous oxide. It is very safe, mild analgesic and makes the appointments feel shorter. Most children will feel a tingling sensation in there hands and feet but they will not be a sleep. It is just to take the edge off. Hope the treatment goes well. ...Read more

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What is the damage from nitrous oxide/oxygen deprivation?

What is the damage from nitrous oxide/oxygen deprivation?

Lack of Oxygen: The damage is in the "lack of oxygen" part. The lack of n20 isn't in question here.

If too much n20 were to become part of that mixture, reducing the o2 concentration to less than 21%, that could lead to dangerous hypoxemia (lack of o2). This will compromise o2 delivery to your brain and other vital organs, putting them at risk for metabolic failure and even cell death. To be avoided! ...Read more

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I need to know what is the importance of nitrous oxide in healthcare?

I need to know what is the importance of nitrous oxide in healthcare?

A nice aid: It is a gas used to lessen apprehension during medical and dental procedures. In most cases, you are awake and can communicate, but you are not as focused on what is being done at the time. It is a nice experience for most patients. ...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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Is nitrous oxide stronger than ativan (lorazepam)?

Is nitrous oxide stronger than ativan (lorazepam)?

No: No, Ativan (lorazepam) is stronger; however, the effects of nitrous oxide are gone before you leave the dental office. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use nitrous oxide during labor?

Is it safe to use nitrous oxide during labor?

Ask your Dr.: I would not recommend it, but I would consult your dr. Even though nitrous oxide is fairly safe, don't take chances! ...Read more

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Can whip its (nitrous oxide) cause permanent nerve damage?

Can whip its (nitrous oxide) cause permanent nerve damage?

Nerve damage: Nitrous oxide can damage nerves by either interference with vitamin b 12 metabolism or by way of an exposure to low oxygen concentrations.

Whip its are not a healthy thing to do. ...Read more

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What can it feel like to have a tooth pulled with nitrous oxide?

Better Than Without!: Nitrous oxide is just like that song "a spoon full of sugar, helps the medicine go down! " nitrous oxide does not provide anesthesia to the tissue, but makes you feel much more relaxed and accepting of the procedure while it's happening. It will put your mind at ease. You will still need local anesthesia, which is really what makes the procedure pain free. ...Read more

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What is the average cost of nitrous oxide at the dentist's office?

What is the average cost of nitrous oxide at the dentist's office?

Cost of N20\ 02: The cost varies from office to office. Many do not charge at all. You can research ada fee schedule surveys for average cost based upon area of us and type of practice. ...Read more

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How does nitrous oxide sedation at the dentist make someone feel?

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 more

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Will you still be aware of sounds when getting nitrous oxide at the dentist?

Will you still be aware of sounds when getting nitrous oxide at the dentist?

Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous oxide at the dental office provides some relaxation and analgesia (pain control) but does not directly decrease one's awareness of sounds. However, one may care less about the sounds of dental care while receiving nitrous oxide in appropriate concentrations. ...Read more

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At a dentist, which do you prefer, nitrous oxide, or sedation? What should I do?

At a dentist, which do you prefer, nitrous oxide, or sedation? What should I do?

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 more

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Is it normal for oral surgeons to administer nitrous oxide in conjunction with local injections?

Yes: Many oral surgeons administer nitrous oxide with local anesthesia for procedures. The nitrous oxide may help alleviate some of the anxiety associated with the procedure and make the injections as well as the actual surgery a more pleasant procedure. ...Read more

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Are patients who have quarterly periodontal cleanings allowed nitrous oxide to decrease pain during the 45 minute hygienist procedure?

Are patients who have quarterly periodontal cleanings allowed nitrous oxide to decrease pain during the 45 minute hygienist procedure?

Nitrous Oxide: Any patient can receive nitrous oxide\oxygen analgesia for any dental procedure. However, each state has different state board requirements as to who may administer and monitor the patient during the administration. In some states in can only be a licensed doctor while others may allow auxiliary personal such as a dental hygienist to monitor it with specialized training and certification. ...Read more

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Can gp dentist use nitrous oxide?

Can gp dentist use nitrous oxide?

Yes: A general dentist may administer nitrous oxide with the correct certification from their state. ...Read more

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I am having nitrous oxide at dentist (laughing gas), should I be concerned?

I am having nitrous oxide at dentist (laughing gas), should I be concerned?

Normally not: I am sure the dentist will have a thorough health history with you and made you aware of any potential problems. Normally, the dentist and assistant will be monitoring the procedure if you have any difficulties. ...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?

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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Does nitrous oxide make you say the truth?

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

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What is the definition or description of: nitrous oxide?

What is the definition or description of: nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide: 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 a potential for abuse. ...Read more

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Does the nitrous oxide really make you relaxed if you're anxious?

Does the nitrous oxide really make you relaxed if you're anxious?

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 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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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