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How Does Nitrous Oxide Function?

Posted on 9/5/2022 by Evan
How Does Nitrous Oxide Function?To reduce discomfort and anxiety during dental procedures, nitrous oxide is frequently utilized in dental offices. This chemical substance is commonly referred to as laughing gas. It is a common way that many patients to undergo a range of dental operations. A chemical gas called nitrous oxide is colorless and odorless and is made up of two nitrogen and one oxygen molecule. Some people describe the taste of nitrous oxide as slightly metallic when it is at room temperature, while others describe it as sweet. Through a nasal hood, nitrous oxide can be delivered.

How Does Nitrous Oxide Affect the Body?

There are three basic ways that nitrous oxide impacts the body. It first has a calming effect that is brought on by GABAA receptors that block or inhibit neurotransmitters. Second, it has a painkilling, or analgesic, effect because of a chemical reaction that causes the brain to release norepinephrine, which prevents pain signals from traveling throughout the body. Last but not least, nitrous oxide produces a euphoric impact as a result of increased activation of the dopamine-releasing reward circuit in the brain.

Outcomes of Using Nitrous Oxide

The different levels of sedation can be used to generate these three physical effects. The patient may respond to the sedation in various ways, depending on how much gas they receive. Patients typically report feeling warm, euphoric, warm-headed, tingly in their arms and legs, and tired. Some people say they also feel like they are floating or vibrating. The patient will gradually start to feel normal again after the treatment. Since nitrous oxide can impair both appetite and driving abilities, patients should speak with their dentist about when they can eat and/or drive after receiving the treatment. Call us today or visit our clinic for more information.
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