What is Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous Oxide is a gas that is typically used in combination with oxygen to create a a calming effect and a sense of well being when inhaled. It is most commonly used by Dentist for patients to relax during extensive dental procedures.
Nitrous Oxide is know by many names; inhalation sedation, laughing gas, relative analgesia, RA, happy gas, gas and air, nitrous, and N2O-O2. It is simply a gas which you can breathe in that has no color, smell, and doesn’t irritate. It is one of the most ideal forms of sedition used for clinical purposes.
How Nitrous Oxide Effects The Body
After inhaling nitrous oxide it kills pain and induces a pleasurable feeling. After 5 minutes breathing in the gas, the patient will experience a feeling of euphoria spread throughout their body. Some patients will experience auditory or visual effects as well. The patient may feel light headed. It is not uncommon for the patient to begin giggling, hence the name laughing gas. Large doses of Nitrous Oxide can fully sedate the patient, allowing them to rest comfortably during the procedure.
Nitrous Oxide Use
Nitrous Oxide is most commonly used by Dentist for patients to relax during extensive dental procedures. During the procedure the patients will be breathing in high doses of nitrous oxide and oxygen. When the procedure is complete the patient will breathe in only oxygen, within just a few minutes the effects of the Nitrous Oxide will be eliminated from the body and the patient will be coherent. The patient should be able to function normally at this point with no lingering effects.
Nitrous Oxide Abuse
Nitrous Oxide is a commonly abused sedative. It is most commonly abused by the Doctors rather than the patients due to its nearly instantaneous euphoric effects and quick wear off. Nitrous oxide can temporarily cut off oxygen to the brain which is very damaging and dangerous to the body. Those who intentionally misuse nitrous oxide on a regular basis are risking irreversible damage to their brain and body.
Many people use nitrous oxide for recreational purposes where they quickly inhale as much nitrous oxide as possible and hold their breath. They will go on binges using this highly addictive gas to acheive feelings of euphoria. This can result in a physical and psychological dependency to nitrous oxide.
Nitrous Oxide Addiction Treatment
Nitrous Oxide addiction can be life threatening. Many will use pure nitrous oxide without any oxygen in combination. This can cause serious brain damage, even death. It stop using nitrous oxide the individual will require treatment within a rehab facility to detox and receive cognitive therapies.
When detoxing from nitrous oxide the patient will be cleansed of the chemicals and toxins related to its use. Just a few short minutes after their last use the effects should be gone, however the chemical itself lingers. The patient may experience symptoms of withdrawal and cravings that can be controlled by medication as well as therapeutic techniques.
Cognitive therapies will help the patient to identify the dysfunctional thoughts, behaviors and routines associated with nitrous oxide abuse. They will be encourages to change them to ones which promote sober living. The patient will work through their psychological addiction to nitrous oxide and taught the key tools needed to maintain their sobriety when returning home.