Nitrous Oxide: My Story
I just had my wisdom teeth removed today! I’ll be honest about my experience–no surprises, so I’ll go ahead and be blunt about it. This might just be my experience though, so without further ado, let’s get this painstaking show on the road!
When you start breathing the N2O+O2, you’re supposed to be titrated until a comfort level is achieved. I got fifty-fifty without being titrated, so I started to feel the first effects right away. The first thing you would feel is a tingling or vibrating sensation in your extremities. This is right about the point when you might feel an electric shock when the needle punctures a nerve, but that’s the worst that you would get. If you keep breathing deeper, you’ll eventually feel like your sinking, and you may hear a low humming in your hears–about 150HZ. If you’ve had previous experiences of fainting, you may find yourself fighting the effects it’s causing. That’s what happened to me, because of a close call I had at my last blood donation. If you’re predisposed to syncope, I recommend eating foods containing high levels of glucose, and drinking lots of water. Most people faint from high stress and anxiety. Make sure you move around to keep your muscles active to keep the blood flowing!
My dentist was going too quickly, so even when I was inhaling the Entonox, I still had a fast heart rate, though I did experience some relaxing moments here and there. Oh, for a breath of some nice, relaxing air!
I would personally choose a dentist who truly understands what they’re doing when sedating you. Whenever I asked a question about the sedation process, they always dismissed my concerns and told me to stay calm. Seriously, this doctor, and one from another country needs to learn better bedside manners!
You might have problems keeping your mouth open, breathing through your nose, and or feeling like you need to swallow all at once. If your tongue gets in the way of the instruments, you may be putting yourself at risk, not only because it’s in their path, but because it blocks your nasal pathways, making you unable to breathe out through your nose. You’ll still be able to breathe in through your nose though.
Sometimes, it helps to put on some relaxing music, and if you can, take an anti-inflammatory and or an opioid (narcotic) if they have prescribed it to you in advance. It’s sort of like taking oral sedatives before you get to the clinic. This will prevent any pain you may encounter once your ally, the local anaesthetic has gone off.
Facing the Dentist
Any time I see a dentist appointment on my calendar, I’m tempted to cancel it. “Oh, that’s not a good time for us,” I think, before logic kicks in and I remind myself: there’s never a good time for…
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