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How Does Nitrous Oxide Function?

Posted on 5/8/2023 by Elmwood Dental Group
How Does Nitrous Oxide Function?Nitrous oxide, also referred to as laughing gas, is a sedative that can be used successfully and safely when ingested through a nose mask. Your comfort is its main objective. Laughing gas may be used by your dentist during various treatments to put you at rest. This will allow the dentist to hear any requests or instructions he may have for you and respond to them. Laughing gas could be an excellent method to calm your dental phobia.

Laughing gas has three distinct effects on the body. It alleviates your fear by reducing your anxiety. It reduces discomfort so that the treatment will not be unpleasant. It also induces euphoria, that way you will be in a pleasant mood for a long time.

When your dentist gives you laughing gas, they urge you to inhale and exhale through your nose. You will start to feel the effects in just a few minutes. You may feel dizzy or tingle in your arms and legs and as a result, the arms and legs feel heaviest.

What Happens to Your Brain When You Take in Nitrous Oxide?

Laughing gas is not always a joyous experience. With every breath you take, more air is displaced, which reduces the amount of oxygen reaching your brain and blood. All of the giggles that most patients experience are the result of this restriction of oxygen getting to your brain and blood. Some patients even report slight hallucinations as a result of the medication. When you stop inhaling the nitrous oxide, the effects fade in about two minutes.

You can always contact us if you want to talk or have questions about nitrous oxide. We will gladly explain how it works and why we think it is a good fit for your next dental operation.

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