Abuse of nitrous oxide

Anesth Analg. 1979 Mar-Apr;58(2):104-6.


The results of an anonymous questionnaire showed that up to 20% of medical and dental students have utilized nitrous oxide in a social setting to produce a "high." Nitrous oxide was obtained from a variety of sources, most often from cylinders used in the production of whipped cream. Although none of the 524 respondents described personal injury with the use of nitrous oxide, a few individuals reported cyanosis, nausea, and syncope.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Dental
  • Education, Medical
  • Humans
  • Nitrous Oxide*
  • Social Environment
  • Substance-Related Disorders*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


  • Nitrous Oxide