YouTube has brought the world many gems, but none greater than the trend of filming people at their most vulnerable - under the influence of laughing gas - and sharing all the funny stories with the rest of the internet.

Nitrous oxide or "laughing gas" is a sedative that calms the nerves, used commonly during dental procedures, like pulling teeth, and while the name suggests the patient will break out into fits of laughter, a lot of times the side-effects makes those around them laugh even harder. Someone on Reddit asked, "Anesthesiologists, what are the best things people have said under the gas?" and the answers may send you into fits of giggles without any local anesthesia. Scroll down below, and don't forget to upvote your favorite funny anesthesia stories!

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Vicky Zar
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2 years ago

OMG! This is my favorite!

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The laughing gas (nitrous oxide) we use today was developed through experimentation by British chemist and inventor Humphrey Davy in 1799. He was curious to see the effect the gas would have on people and what they might do, so he began with experiments on himself.

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KatJ
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2 years ago

This is hilarious

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Lotte
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2 years ago

I spit out my water reading this hahahahaha

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Humphrey and his assistant Dr. Kinglake, began by heating up crystals of ammonium nitrate, collect the released gas in a green oiled-silk bag, pass this through water vapor in order to remove any impurities, and inhale it through a mouthpiece. According to records the Public Domain Review, anesthesia side-effects recorded involved giddiness, flushed cheeks, intense pleasure and the “sublime emotion connected with highly vivid ideas.” 

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Lotte
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2 years ago

imagine the face of the nurse hahaha

Janet Judd
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2 years ago

She would have thought it was funny. I'm a nurse and we hear it all. It's also fairly common for patients to ask if they're in Heaven, so the magic witch one would have been even funnier.

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Bored Fox
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2 years ago

I don't understand why in USA it is common to use anesthesia with colonoscopy. Here in Finland anesthesia is only used when it is really needed because there are some health risks with using anesthesia. Colonoscopy is not painful if it is done correctly so anesthesia is not usually needed.

Daria B
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2 years ago

Having a hemorrhoid problem, I'd disagree with you. It's literally a pain in the ass. A real and debilitating one.

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Mascha Claessens
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2 years ago

First time I got a colonoscopy, I got quite a heavy sedative that made me fall asleep entirely. When I came to, my mother was sitting next to me and I told her how awesome the stuff was: I fell asleep right away and didn't notice anything during the scopy! My mom's answer: "yeah, you already told me that three times during the last fifteen minutes!" :'D

Jerry Lemke
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2 years ago

There are two different types of colonoscopies. One is less invasive and does not require complete sedation. The other more invasive colonoscopy is usually given with complete sedation. We're talking about two different procedures.

Mascha Claessens
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2 years ago (edited)

I think the less invasive one you mean is a sigmoidoscopy? They only look at the first 30 cm/foot with that one, so yeah, most people don't take sedetion for that one. Also because it only takes a couple of minutes. But I hate pain in my butt (have some problems around that area) so I always take a (mild) sedative with a sigmoid as well. :')

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Yas Min
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2 years ago (edited)

I wasn't that cool, I said "It doesn't do any-zZzzzzz"

KCN
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2 years ago

Before my colonoscopy I blinked. When I opened my eyes they were done.

Amina Hays
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2 years ago

You were put under for a colonoscopy? On man, jealous. I had to have an endoscopy and colonoscopy, at the same time. It felt like some weird torture porn. I was given a mild sedative but it did jack shit. When they were putting the endoscope down my throat (it's much bigger than you'd assume it would be), I started gagging, obviously. My eyes were streaming and my nose completely blocked up, I couldn't breathe. I lifted my hands to try and wipe my nose but they thought I was trying to pull it out and pinned my arms down. I couldn't breathe at all and started to panick. It was incredibly traumatic and I never want to have it done again

Mary Rose Kent
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2 years ago

I wasn’t put under either—or so I was told. Apparently after it was over they gave me a shot of some drug that made me forget what I had just been through, and even as I was walked to the lobby to be picked up by my friend, I could tell that I was still having the experience wiped from my brain. It was weird...but effective.

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Dan Jennings
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2 years ago

I remember my colonoscopy, mine was similar. I told Doc I was feeling a bit dizzy and he told me " here take a breath if this" and that was the last thing I remembered until waking up.

HelloGoodbye
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2 years ago

Hahaha

Jaxx Roa
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3 weeks ago

The poor nurses face

Evil Queen
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2 years ago

I can't stop laughing

Tessa Mallory
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2 years ago

I went in for a simple procedure, and when the anesthesiologist told me he was going to give me the good stuff now, I asked him how long it would take. He said they would count down with me and I wouldn't remember by the end. The last thing I remember was when he said they would be putting a guard in my mouth before they start the countdown. The next thing I know, I am at burger king, and my mom was telling me that i did not have a tumor, which I misinterpreted as I did in fact have a tumor and i thought I was going to die like my puppy did. But then I forgot and immediately thought my mom was super pretty, so i tried taking a photo of her. It didn't work out that well.

Carrie Hoover
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2 years ago

Hahaha this is great!

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UniversalMel
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2 years ago

That would be a nice way to wake up everyday

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Eventually, the experiment conditions evolved in setting and frequency. Humphry would inhale larger amounts of the gas outside of his lab, “occupied only by an ideal existence”, and even consume it after drinking. The researcher continued to record the effects in detailed accounts but his addiction grew as well. He constructed an "air-tight breathing box" and would sit for hours at a time inhaling large amounts and almost died on several occasions. 

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Hans
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2 years ago

Scary!

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Kangaruby
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2 years ago

That's amazing1

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Early in the summer of 1799 the nitrous oxide trials began on other people. The two researchers began to give the gas to their circle of friends and had them report their experiences after. Future Poet Laureate, Robert Southey said of the experience: "O, Tom! Such a gas has Davy discovered, the gasoeus oxyd! O, Tom! I have had some; it made me laugh and tingle in every toe and finger-tip. Davy has actually invented a new pleasure for which language has no name. O, Tom! I am going for more this evening; it makes one strong and so happy, so gloriously happy! O, excellent air-bag!"

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Hans
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2 years ago

I would like to have that dream!

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devi L.
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2 years ago

"Staring out the window collecting blood in my mouth" lol

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While nitrous oxcide is safe when administered by health professionals some young people have begun a trend of inhaling it for festivals, nightclubs and concerts. Ian Hamilton, a drug researcher at York University, told MailOnline: "This significant rise in deaths due to nitrous oxide use needs urgent action, we need to educate young people about the dangers of using this drug. While the drug is relatively safe, the way it is used means people are at risk of asphyxiation. These reported deaths are most likely to have been accidental rather than deliberate, that gives us an opportunity to reverse this appalling trend."

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Kelly Murray
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2 years ago

LOL

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logical fallacy
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2 years ago

So, for my thesis I work with human aortas that we get from the mortuary of the uni hospital, but in recent months the pathologist responsible has been very ill and unable to harvest the organs. I got the call that she was well in the tube, so I proceded to say, in a normal voice, 'well a few more days and I'd have taken an axe to the tube and get them myself, yay for dead donors.' The entire cart froze. It's why I don't go out much...

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Rowlie
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2 years ago

I hope it was worth the wait

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Muhammad Cisco Zulfikar
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2 years ago

Not the best way to start a wrestling career, but quite a hilarious one

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Kari Panda
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2 years ago

To be fair, that was an incredibly poor choice of words :(

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Kathy Baylis
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2 years ago

There are some words and phrases that should be off limits for doctors and nurses to say in front of patients. I had a biopsy done a while ago and, while extracting the tissue sample, the doctor whispered something to the nurse that included the words "I can see it". I thought he was saying he could see cancer! I was too much in shock or I would've said something right then. I was a wreck until the labs came back. Luckily, there wasn't anything wrong. Turns out he was talking about something entirely unrelated to my procedure, but I think he and the nurse forgot for a moment that I was awake and my ears work just fine.

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Hard 2 Guess
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2 years ago

Insert "Ain't nobody got time fo dat!" meme.

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Benjamin Boysley
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2 years ago

Technically they are.

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Kathy Baylis
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2 years ago

Permission to board, Captain Kirk.

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I HAD A GRAT TIM
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2 years ago

I had to go under this once too. I had a rock stuck in my upper left eye. I did the same thing. Surgery lasted 2 1/2 hrs and for me it was like ZAP. When I woke up everyone was staring at me like a lab experiment. Turns out I had a huge black eye and looked like a panda 🐼 😂

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Cristina Sacchi
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2 years ago

LMAO!!!!!

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Hard 2 Guess
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2 years ago

LOL that's just too funny.

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Shika Louis
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2 years ago

When you come in again - You:"Hi again" Surgeon : "Oh God, what name am I going to be stuck with now?"

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Alex K
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2 years ago

aw poor grandma

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Foxxy
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2 years ago

Omg I lost it at the Pinocchio penis.

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Kangaruby
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2 years ago

That's funny!

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Muhammad Cisco Zulfikar
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2 years ago

Wife: Am I a joke to you?

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logical fallacy
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2 years ago

The screaming kids are common when they come out of anesthesia. I used to volunteer at my country's main childhood cancer hospital and we would even tell the parents before the treatment started (usually small kids going for multiple sessions of radiation), so they wouldn't freak out if their kid started screaming for no reason when they woke up. We called it anesthesia rage.

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Mer
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2 years ago

Awww, that was so sweet!

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Charlotte Brine
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2 years ago

I'm afraid I'm tempted to call r/thathappened on this one... Thoughts from other people?

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Foxxy
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2 years ago (edited)

I know it is extremely rare for that to happen but that was my biggest fear when I had my first surgery.

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