Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is colorless and odorless substance. People mostly use it for fun as laughing gas. Inhalation of this gas slow down the body reaction. This results in a calm, euphoric feeling. Nitrous oxide can be used to treat pain. Because of this, it’s sometimes used before dental procedures to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety. It is primarily used in operation theater with other gases. Dentists may also use it in dental procedure. It is available in different flavors like mint etc.
Nitrous oxide is not harmful in short term use but like other drugs its effects in long term uses.
Short term effects:
People who want to use that gas first have to put it in balloons. Balloon contain pure nitrous oxide, no oxygen. They slowly raise the nitrous oxide concentration in body. It reduces the stimulation of your brain. It will affect you slowly and you may feel numb and dazed. It stays in your body for very few minutes before you feel the effects, nitrous oxide may leave your body. Youngsters mostly use it for fun as laughing substance in parties or other gathering. They also use balloons to inhale the substance.
- excessive sweating
After inhalation, some people also experience sound distortion nitrous oxide. Eat light meal to prepare your body for nitrous oxide. It will help you to prevent nausea and vomiting. Do not eat heavy meal, after inhaling substance.
After inhalation, if any allergic reaction occurs do take medical help. These reactions may include:
- Difficulty breathing
Long term effects:
Effects depends on how much you inhale. Short term side effects are not such harmful but endless use of substance may frightenedly dangerous. Specially in combination with any other intoxicant substance like alcohol.
When you have consumed this gas integrated with alcohol your body will react less due to the lack of oxygen. It will increase the risk of hypoxia which may lead to brain damage and another organ’s damage. It deactivates the vitamin B12 in your body, it also affects the functioning of your bone marrow and produce fewer red blood cells and white blood cells. It also affects the production of sperm and eggs. Prolong use of nitrous oxide may leads to decreased fertility. If people who have ear infection use this substance, it will cause permanent damage.
Effects on Childrens:
Nitrous oxide is also a safe drug for toddlers and children. Similar to adults, children and toddlers who receive nitrous oxide may experience short-term side effects:
A strong headache may occur after inhaling the Nitrous Oxide, in any age. Your child may also appear a little disoriented and irritable after receiving the gas.
Overdose of Nitrous oxide is extremely harmful for the organs of your body. Signs of overdose may include:
- Irritation of the nose, eyes, and throat
- Abnormal breathing
- Tightness in the chest
- Bluish fingers, toes, and lips
- Rapid and fast heart rate
Moreover, it is not harmful if someone use it for fun but prolong use can beyond harm which may leads to death. Blood pressure level may increase, it also raises the risk of Heart attack. It can also damage your brain if a person receives large amount of this substance. It may lead mental disorder. Treatment consideration may help you to recover otherwise you may lead to death or coma.