Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Ride of my Life....



Dear Family and friends....


I took the ride of my life this afternoon as I experienced for the first time "Nitrous" (laughing gas). Nitrous oxide is a mild sedative used for light sedation in the dental clinic usually prior to giving local anesthetic. The purpose of this post is not to share a science lesson but to share with you the awesome time that I had.


To share something personal with y'all, I have never in my life tasted or used any type of drugs or alcohol so to experience the effects of a sedative substance on my central nervous system was a bit nerve racking.


The session started with a light little nose piece placed on my face with a 6 liter/min flow of 100% O2 followed by a 50% mix of N2O & O2. After about 3 minutes my head began to feel light and my fingers tingled. My arms felt heavy and my body was totally relaxed... I had never felt such peace and comfort in my life......... I felt like I was on that psychedelic ride in "Charley and the Chocolate Factory". At that point, I could have delivered a baby or had my leg amputated and probably wouldn't have cared much. After about 15 minutes of this I had enough wits about me to say that was enough and they brought me back to 100% O2 until I blew off the residual nitrous. All in all it was a crazy ride. I could never figure out why Dad got the laughing gas for a routine teeth cleaning when I was younger, ?, but I sure understand now.....


OK, so in the church we don't do drugs or drink, and I know now why... (probably pretty addictive), but, in a professional and medical setting, I will probably be a benefactor of its amazing sedative powers...


So next time you head to the dentist for a routine cleaning or a tooth restoration or extraction, be sure to ask for the gas to help sooth and calm your fears...


That's all for now.... Happy lives and happy BBQing.....


Warning::: If your are pregnant, think you are pregnant, or planning on impregnating, you should avoid exposure to Nitrous Oxide...


Additional notes: "It is much less toxic than alternatives, such as chloroform, with far less risk of explosion than ether. The main use for N2O is usually as a mild sedative and analgesic. It helps to allay anxiety that many patients may have toward dental treatment, and it offers some degree of painkilling ability."

References:
I.E. Eger, Nitrous Oxide (New York, Edward Arnold Ltd, 1985).

3 comments:

Julian said...

Sounds like you had good time... Nat you might want to watch him to make sure he isn't huffing the Ready Whip!

Jared & Leslie said...

Oooh~ that sounds very nice! It sounds like you had the trip of your life :) Yeah, Nat this might be the reason Brian is becoming a dentist... YOu may need to check into that :)jk
Love you guys!

Jared & Leslie said...

HeLLo!
I loved your message! Yes it will be Choncho Dip Rodregez Lynton, Jared is 1/2 spanish :) The test went just fine it didn't hurt but I found out I do have a lot of celulite~ strange, and they were testing my blood sugar. Pretty detailed test if you ask me :) Every thing should be just fine, they would call if there was anything wrong. But I will give them a call tomorrow just to be sure :)
loves ya
leslie