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Nitrous Oxide Tablets
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.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Death: There have been cases where kids broke into a dental office to use nitrous oxide. Some of them died! No joke.
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.
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 diminishingSee 2 more doctor answers
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!See 1 more doctor answer
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.
Can you tell me what if im put under nitrous oxide and then given anasthesia through iv. Will I die since I won't 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.