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What should I avoid while using nitrous oxide?

You should avoid smoking or lighting matches near any area where nitrous oxide is being used. When handling nitrous oxide, wear protective gloves to avoid frostbite. You should also avoid eating or drinking while receiving nitrous oxide.

You don't have to change your routine too much before taking nitrous oxide, because it's a lower level of sedation than general anesthesia, in which you're completely asleep.

There are just a few precautions with nitrous oxide. Avoid taking any medicines, especially sedatives, before your treatment and tell your dentist if you have recently taken any prescription or over-the-counter medicine.

Because nitrous oxide can make you feel a little sick to your stomach, you or your child may want to avoid having a big meal beforehand. It's better to eat lightly or just drink liquids a few hours before your dental procedure.

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