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Need doctor help! is laughing gas what they use to put you to sleep during surgery?

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Dr. William Jakavick
Dentistry - Cosmetic
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In brief: Nitrous Oxide

It is used in surgery and dentistry for its anaesthetic and analgesic effects.
It is known as "laughing gas" due to the euphoric effects of inhaling it, but it generally does not put the patient to sleep, although they may become so relaxed they can doze off.

In brief: Nitrous Oxide

It is used in surgery and dentistry for its anaesthetic and analgesic effects.
It is known as "laughing gas" due to the euphoric effects of inhaling it, but it generally does not put the patient to sleep, although they may become so relaxed they can doze off.
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Dr. Peter Dantini
Dentistry
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In brief: Yes and No

Nitrous oxide acts like a sedative.
Often it is given with surgical anesthetic "gas" to enhance the anesthesia. By itself, imposable to achieve safe anesthesia. Dentists typically achieve "sleep" by using IV sedation (usually w/o nitrous). You are awake/react to pain/ reflexes intact, amnesia induced. Similar effect (less controlled) can be achieved with oral drugs combined w/nitrous.

In brief: Yes and No

Nitrous oxide acts like a sedative.
Often it is given with surgical anesthetic "gas" to enhance the anesthesia. By itself, imposable to achieve safe anesthesia. Dentists typically achieve "sleep" by using IV sedation (usually w/o nitrous). You are awake/react to pain/ reflexes intact, amnesia induced. Similar effect (less controlled) can be achieved with oral drugs combined w/nitrous.
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