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Old 07-18-2011, 10:27 AM   #1
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Nitrous (laughing gas) at the dentist

Well, I have had a few cavities before, (I am 19 right now) and they have always used the laughing gas stuff with the nose piece thing. It has all been fine, but now that I start thinking back on the last times I have had the Nitrous gas stuff, I have always fallen asleep for a few minutes or so, then woken up with no seeming effect of the gas anymore. (maybe they turn it off or lower the amount or something)

I have been looking up online the effects of the gas, and if it should make me fall asleep like it does. I haven't found a real clear answer though. The reason I am asking though, is because I know I can pass out easy, and I am kind of concerned when they use the Nitrous gas, that that's what's been happening.

When they use it, I start getting lightheaded (but it's supposed to do that I think anyways) and the feeling is exactly the same as passing out. Last time I resisted the urge of "passing out" and my foot kept shaking back and forth uncontrollably, I guess to help keep me awake. But after that is when I started making the connection that I could be passing out, either from my anxiety and me feeling different, or just from the gas affecting my air. I don't know.

But I am just wondering if that is normal, or really a problem. And has anyone else experienced that, or have any input. I am getting a filling in 2 days, on Wednesday in the morning, and would like to know how it is with other people too, and their thoughts.


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Old 07-18-2011, 11:17 AM   #2
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Re: Nitrous (laughing gas) at the dentist

I've never heard of nitrous oxide being used for fillings, is there a reason you can't use freezing?

I did have nitrous oxide AND freezing when I had a wisdom tooth pulled in 1976...but never since.

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Old 07-18-2011, 05:33 PM   #3
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Re: Nitrous (laughing gas) at the dentist

My dentist usually uses injections and not Nitrous so if your not comfortable with using it just ask for a local injection to numb the area. I do know it is very normal for some people to fall asleep and even not remember a few things after taking Nitrous.

Old 07-20-2011, 07:17 AM   #4
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Re: Nitrous (laughing gas) at the dentist

Well, I think he uses the Nitrous, and injections. I am not sure, the last time I had 2 fillings and he had to rebuild part of my tooth, and he used it. I am not sure if thats why he used it then, but I am pretty sure he did injections too.

I have just been going to the pediatric dentist until a few years ago when I was like 17 or so (I have younger brothers who still went there, so I still did), and they always used the Nitrous, probably just to relax all the kids, so they always used it. then I moved to my parents dentist, and I have only been there once for what I mentioned in the paragraph above, and he used it too. So I am not sure if he will want to use it for just 1 filling. It doesn't say anything about Nitrous on the paper with the info.

I am about to leave in an hour to go over there, hopefully it won't take long. My dentist is pretty fast. And if they ask about using Nitrous I will just tell them I don't want it.

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