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I've always heard inhaling nitrous oxide from whipped cream canisters kills brain cells, but isn't nitrous oxide used in dentistry?

I've always heard inhaling nitrous oxide from whipped cream canisters kills brain cells, but isn't nitrous oxide used in dentistry?

Yes, but safely.: Nitrous oxide is not the problem. It is the lack of oxygen that causes brain damage. When used in dentistry we never use 100% nitrous oxide, it is always mixed with oxygen. Where people get into trouble is breathing unregulated nitrous oxide on their own and depriving their brain of oxygen. They are suffocating themselves without realizing it. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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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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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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Are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide safe when ingested?

Are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide safe when ingested?

Not particularly: Zinc oxide is not very toxic when you mistakenly eat it. Most of the harmful effects come from breathing in the gas form of zinc oxide at industrial sites in the chemical industry. However, it is not particularly good for you either. Titanium dioxide is present in many foods, such as cottage cheese and ice cream, purely to make them look better, but in very small quantities. ...Read more

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Does desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) (zinc oxide) treat a PPD allergy?

Does desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) (zinc oxide) treat a PPD allergy?

No: Zinc oxide is a topical cream used for barrier protection ie. Diaper rash: desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) creates a barrier for the skin against contact with feces/urine to prevent irritation). A PPD allergy is a systemic reaction after being exposed to the injection your immune system develops a response that a topical cream like zinc oxide will not be useful ...Read more

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Can gp dentist use nitrous oxide?

Can gp dentist use nitrous oxide?

Nitrous Oxide use: First, there is a difference between minimal sedation, moderate sedation, deep sedation, and general anesthesia. Most gp dentists in office settings use nitrous oxide\oxygen analgesia which is a low dose generally 40-60% nitrous \ 30% minimal oxygen . Each state has their own rules governed by a state licensing\education department for training and certification. ...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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How fast can desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) work?

How fast can desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) work?

Dependent on cause: Desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) is essentially a skin protectant used to treat or prevent skin breakdown from irritants like urine in sensitive areas.Desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) is great for treating mild diaper rash to other skin fold, moisture-related problems. If you are treating regular diaper rash and it is mild, expect it to take 2-3 days to settle down. If it is more severe and tender, it can take up to a week to finally quiet dow. ...Read more

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Will laughing gas + i.V sedation make me act goofy?

Will laughing gas + i.V sedation make me act goofy?

It depends.: Everyone's different when it comes to anesthesia. Laughing gas is nitrous oxide, and it's called laughing gas for a reason. It does make some people laugh. I.V. Sedation, on the other hand, won't make you laugh but will make you very sleepy and you'll probably fall asleep. Acting goofy is not something that people under anesthesia do, contrary to popular opinion. ...Read more

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What is a better sedation for dental teeth removal? Laughing gas (nitrous oxides), or a fast acting benzodiaza?

What is a better sedation for dental teeth removal? Laughing gas (nitrous oxides), or a fast acting benzodiaza?

Either: Both are possible treatments for sedation. Be sure that the dentist and dental team are properly trained. If you can do the procedure with nitrous oxide, i'd recommend that but if that is not enough and you need more sedation, then conscious sedation may be needed. Both are options with nitrous being safer but both are safe with properly trained individuals. ...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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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 inhale bare escentuals mineral powder makeup with zinc oxide & titanium dioxide during application? No micronized or nanoparticles

Is it safe to inhale bare escentuals mineral powder makeup with zinc oxide & titanium dioxide during application? No micronized or nanoparticles

Chemical Exposures: There is no data that suggest inhalation of these powders represent a risk of disease. Please check with the doctor who can check with the manufacturer. ...Read more

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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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Could nitrous oxide for dentist work ?

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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Are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide the safest sunblock?

Are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide the safest sunblock?

Least allergenic: These are generally the least allergenic sunblocks and are very effective uba/uvb blocks. ...Read more

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What nitrous oxide workout supplement is most effective?

Nitric oxide: I think you meant Nitric Oxide instead of nitrous oxide. Nitric oxide acts as a vasodilator and is helpful with increasing blood flow in muscle building workouts while nitrous oxide is a conscious sedation gas used often in dentistry to reduce anxiety. ...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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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

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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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How can you die from using nitrous oxide?

Yes, but.: Nitrous oxide is extremely safe. It is possible if nitrous oxide was delivered without any oxygen there could be a problem. But extremely safe. ...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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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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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?

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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What are the long term effects of whip-its or nitrous oxide?

Numbness + arteries: Repeated exposure to n2o can cause vitamin b deficiency, numbness or tingling in your fingers, and it can damage your arteries. ...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 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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