In dental offices nationwide, children who need cavities filled or teeth pulled are sometimes sedated. Ideally, it makes them less anxious and more cooperative.
They may swallow a liquid sedative or inhale laughing gas and once it kicks in, they will be conscious but calmer, so the dentist can do extensive work.
But in rare cases, children fall into a much deeper level of sedation than intended.
NITROUS oxide, laughing gas or hippy crack is among the latest illicit substances to hit the streets of Britain.
Nitrous Oxide has been used recreationally since the late 18th century, and out of all the countries in the world is the most popular in the UK.
‘Laughing gas’ is legal and relatively low risk, so why are the dealers so circumspect, and local councillors determined to get it off the streets?
Reddi-wip’s key ingredient is neither sweet nor dairy but a gas: nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas. Dentists use it to knock out their patients. Teenagers use it for whippets. And race-car engines use it for an extra boost, when nitrous oxide explosively decomposes into nitrogen and oxygen.
But most of the time, nitrous oxide is not exploding. It’s sitting inertly in refrigerators and trucks and tanks
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Steal NOS and sell it in balloons at a rave, and you've made $800 of pure profit, so it's no wonder thefts are on the rise.
Though it's popular in other countries, the U.S. has historically shied away from giving nitrous oxide to women in labor. Now some hospitals are championing it as an alternative to epidurals.
People have been having fun with nitrous oxide – even in the name of science – virtually since its discovery more than 240 years ago.
Given its myriad uses, it is not illegal to sell or possess nitrous oxide. In the United States, there are however many laws regarding the distribution to minors and the recreational inhalation of nitrous. N2O is a chemical compound consisting of a Nitrogen molecule bonded to an Oxygen atom. Its scientific name is Dinitrogen monoxide, but is popularly known as laughing gas or nitrous. At room temperature, N2O is a colorless, non-flammable, non-toxic gas. Nitrous is commonly used in dentistry due to its anaesthetic (painkilling) properties. At higher concentrations, nitrous acts as a dissociative drug which causes a sense of euphoria and both visual and auditory hallucinations. At high temperature, nitrous decomposes into its component atoms allowing use as an oxidizer or conversion into breathable air. Nitrous is also a greenhouse gas naturally emitted by fertilizer and implicated in global warming.
Nitrous Oxide is an anaesthetic gas best known for its use in dentistry and as a whipped cream propellant. It is widely available and its effects are short lasting.