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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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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 are the side effects of inhaling nitrous oxide (laughing gas)?

What are the side effects of inhaling nitrous oxide (laughing gas)?

Giddiness: It makes you feel giddy with poor recall - too high of a dose can cause respiratory depression. It should not be abused. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the effects of nitrous oxide?

I was wondering what are the effects of nitrous oxide?

Nitrous Oxide:: When some patients get too high a concentration, especially on a full stomach, they may feel nauseous and then regurgitate. See: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/nitrous_oxide dentists use nitrous oxide and oxygen to relax patients during dental procedures. ...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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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 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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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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Please tell me what anesthetic alternatives exist to nitrous oxide?

Plenty: Nitrous oxide is not a complete anesthetic. Any other inhaled agent can be substituted, and there are many intravenous agents that can also serve the purpose. In general, nitrous oxide is considered to be relatively innocuous. ...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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Can you tell me what if im put under nitrous oxide and then given anasthesia through iv. Will i die since i wont be aware or something?

Not being aware: Of your environment does not mean that you will die. What is important is that the medical provider taking care of your anesthesia is well trained. If you were a high risk patient i would think that you would have already been told that by now. ...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 is nitrous oxide not routinely used in dental clinics?

Why is nitrous oxide not routinely used in dental clinics?

Number of reasons: Many reasons; here are a few. Cost, risk factor, certification needed by practitioners to use it, facility space limitations, potential for misuse, increased difficulty to work when it is being used and is often in the way, extra time required to use and re-oxygenate the patient. Additionally, it has ,sadly, become a crutch for many, although an almost bona fide necessity for some. Good Luck. ...Read more

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What is it like to be on nitrous oxide?

N2O: Some people like it because it relaxes them and they feel as though they have had a couple of glasses of wine. Other people hate it as it makes them uncomfortable and some say claustrophobic. Good news is room air gets it out of your system very fast within a minute or two so try it first before you commit to a procedure. Have your dentist or md let you try it first. ...Read more