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Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas or sweet air, is a chemical compound with the formula N2O. It is an oxide of nitrogen. At room temperature, it is a colorless non-flammable gas, with a slightly sweet odor and taste. It is used in surgery and dentistry for its anesthetic and analgesic effects. It is known as "laughing gas" due to the euphoric effects of inhaling it, a property that has led to its recreational use as a dissociative anesthetic.
Originally posted by ~Vixen~
Administration of Nitrous in dental settings is usually pretty straightfoward, and comes from simple oxygen and nitrogen tanks. The mixture is usually regulated chairside, with a 50/50 ratio. After the procedure I would usually switch to 100% oxygen to clear up any grogginess. Patients usually snap out of it pretty quickly. My only guess would be that the oxygen tank was empty or the doctor decided that a different miture ratio was necessary for comfort. It's really hard to speculate though.
I'm not an expert in administration of nitrous in dental settings though, so you may want to let your dentist know of any concerns. (I'm a MD and my first husband is a dentist who I've assisted a few times)
Originally posted by AriesJedi
N20 in labor? I'd say that wasss pretty useless... OUCH lol What happened to the epidural?
No I have not reacted like that while in labour, on N2O. In fact it was pretty useless.
BUT I have had a weird experience.
I had just woken in the middle of the night (a few years ago) and I turned over to see everything dark but it was all outlined by dots of light. My eyelids were not open, yet I was seeing through them.
I then saw dots around a 'man', he moved up from the bottom of the bed towards my head, and I waved at him. He smiled at me and waved back at me, and I went back to sleep. I believe he was my guardian angel.
Is that similar?
I think I saw the Matrix?
It definitely wasn't a dream.