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Posted by on Nov 3, 2018 in Dental Care | 0 comments

Is Laughing Gas Safe?

In TV shows and movies, I’ve always seen people get a severe case of the giggles when they inhale laughing gas. It always sort of freaked me out. I didn’t like how it changed their mood so much and made them go to sleep so quickly. I always took care of my teeth growing up, so I never had to have any major dental work done as a child. I was in my forties when I was told I would have to have my first root canal. The dentist told me that the procedure was invasive and could be quite painful, and that I could use sedatives if I wanted. At first I was against the idea. I didn’t know how laughing gas would affect me and I didn’t want to find out. However, a friend of mine sent me a link from the folks at Babylon Dental Care. Their website had some information on how a root canal works and as well as some information on sedatives. After reading about everything, I was more comfortable with using laughing gas while I had my procedure done.

Laughing gas is the nickname for nitrous oxide. It’s a colorless gas that smells and tastes slightly sweet. It’s been around as an anesthetic since the mid 1800s when a Dentist actually used it on himself! The gas works in several different ways throughout our body, relaxing both our physical body and our mental state. It stimulates activity within our GABA receptors. GABA receptors are part of our nervous system, and when the gas interacts with GABAs we experience reduced anxiety and nervousness.

The gas also causes endogenous opioids to be released within our bodies. Doctors aren’t entirely sure how the gas does this, but the effect is that our perception of pain is decreased. It’s like a painkiller through the release of chemicals in our own body.  

Lastly, the gas released dopamine in our brain. Dopamine is one of the central chemicals works as a reward pathway. This release causes us to experience a sense of euphoria before going to sleep.

Although these effects are impairing, they are not permanent. They wear off completely after a few hours. When you inhale the gas at the dentist, they administer it through a mask that is mixed with the gas and oxygen. This removes the risk factors of taking the gas. The only way you can harm yourself with this gas is if you inhale it directly out of a compressed gas canister. No dentist would ever let you do that, so there’s no cause for concern there.

If you need to have an invasive dental procedure done, talk to your dentist about the use of sedatives. I would recommend asking about it, because they made my root canal go very smooth and I wasn’t awake for the really painful stuff. However, everybody is different, and you might have other health conditions that could affect your experience. Tell your dentist about any health conditions you have before taking a sedative like laughing gas. They will be able to answer your questions and give you the treatment that’s right for you.

 

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Posted by on Feb 7, 2018 in Criminal Defense Law | 0 comments

Reasons Everyone Should Visit Chicago

Chicago is a beautiful city, full of life and adventure. Walking around on a windy day will add some pep to your step, and there is so much to see, you’re guaranteed to have an exciting time. My favorite part about Chicago is the city’s art. Chicago is a paradise for art lovers, and if you’ve never been, you’re missing out.

Downtown has impressive architecture, different foods from all over the world, and actual art installations everywhere you go. The most famous is what some would call, “The Bean,” but it’s titled Cloud Gate by the artist, an Indian-born British artist by the name of Sir Anish Kapoor. The experience is truly inspirational. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a giant metal sculpture that is covered with a mirror-like surface. The unusual shape has many curves, and it makes for an impressive photograph. You can check it out by going to Park Grill, in between Chase Promenade and the McCormick Tribune Place & Ice Rink.

I love going to The Art Institute of Chicago because of their many great works of art on display. It costs money to get in, but it’s money well spent. They have a sculpture display by Rodin right now, and they feature many classical and modern art forms as well. It’s the perfect place to go on an early date and get to know someone, but be careful. You could easily spend all day in that place!

The best part about downtown Chicago is that everything is nearby. Everywhere you go, you see people from all walks of life actively participating in the human experience. Bankers, tourists, business owners, and vagabonds all share the same space, on the same street, in the same city. It’s fascinating to see all the different walks of life cross paths as their daily affairs call them from one place to the next.

If you get hungry walking around, you can just walk a few blocks and have several options for different cuisines. The cocktails are delicious, and there are plenty of places to enjoy a moment’s reprieve. Just be sure to take a cab if you are enjoying your drinks. According to this website, the penalties for drinking and driving are pretty steep. Of course, you can also catch an Uber, a Lyft, and lots of other rideshare programs.

Chicago is right on the coast of Lake Michigan, one of the largest lakes in North America. During the winter, the lake freezes over, and it creates quite a view. The winters get bitter though, and you’ll need proper snow attire if you’re going to be comfortable in the elements. They don’t call it the windy city for no reason.

Out of all the cities I’ve visited so far, Chicago is my favorite. It feels like a big city, but it isn’t as overwhelming as New York City. The people are friendlier as well. If I had the money, I would buy a loft in the middle of downtown and spend my days exploring all the things to do in Chicago.

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Posted by on Sep 9, 2017 in Car Accident | 0 comments

Large Truck Drivers Pose Risk in South Carolina

Every time you get behind the wheel of a car, you run the risk of getting into an accident regardless of how excellent of a driver you claim to be. No one is perfect, and none of us are perfect drivers and make the right decision 100% of the time we are on the road. However, certain states seem to have more trouble than others when it comes to avoiding accidents. As of November 2016, South Carolina ranked number 3 in the list of states with the worst drivers, so large truck drivers should take some extra precaution if they are routed through this state.

According to this article in the Post and Courier, this unfortunate ranking comes from a company called CarInsuranceComparison.com who analyzed National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data related to topics like the number of traffic fatalities that occurred in each state, instances of speeding, and careless driving. While some people agree that these findings are indicative of poor driving behavior, citing instances of the “accordion effect” where drivers consistently stop and speed up in slow moving traffic to create gaps, others think that the roads are to blame. An AAA spokeswoman quoted in the article says that rural roads cause most of the problems because they lack the features of urban roads, like shoulders. Because of this, drivers have no room to correct a mistake before an accident occurs. When the statistics are looked at individually, the company found that South Carolina ranks number 1 in vehicular fatalities. However, 82% of the fatalities that happened in South Carolina during 2014 happened on rural roads, which was higher than the national average of 51%. This suggests that either South Carolina roads are more poorly maintained than rural roads in other states, or it might mean that the high numbers of fatalities occur due to a combination of poor driving behavior and the prominence of rural roads.

The number three ranking is certainly a shocker, and even though the results were published by a car insurance company, the statistics are pulled directly from government data. Whether roads need to be better maintained or driver behavior needs to improve, it is clear that something has to change. A higher number of traffic accidents means that truck drivers are more at risk for getting into an accident that can cost them thousands of dollars in medical bills and rig repair. Seeking legal help from firms like these truck accident lawyers in Columbia, South Carolina can help recoup your losses if another driver causes the accident.

Generally, large semi trucks will not be traveling on rural roads very much, so it’s not necessary to completely avoid driving through the entire state. Even so, the government of South Carolina could be doing more to bring their vehicular death rate at least more in line with other states or even push for being further down on these types of ranking lists in the future.

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Posted by on Aug 19, 2017 in Family Law | 0 comments

How To Protect Your Children When Getting a Divorce

Getting a divorce can be one of the most stressful challenges you’ll undertake. Separating from your spouse can cause a variety of problems for you personally. You’re left making huge financial decisions while you alter your life plans and process complicated, painful emotions. For a lot of people, the pain of a divorce can make them behave in ways they otherwise wouldn’t. Parents especially might find themselves tempted to make decisions that could ultimately hurt their children. Even well-intentioned parents sometimes put pressures on their children without meaning to. Divorce, while hard for spouses, can be absolutely devastating for children. Divorce can get eve more complicated when one or both parents try to use their kids to manipulate one another. When considering the divorce, one must think about the financial and emotional stakes for the children involved. If you’re going through a divorce, there are some basic steps you can take to ensure that your children are not negatively impacted by change.

The NY Daily News offers insightful tips for handling a divorce when you have children. First and foremost, parents should be aware that children are not pawns. They should not be used in any way, form, or fashion to gain the imaginary upper hand during a divorce. The spouse you are divorcing is also a parent to your child or children. Even if you are angry with your spouse, you still need to respect their rights as a parent. Your child will benefit greatly if you treat them and their other parent with integrity.

When it comes to specifics of how to handle the changes brought about by divorce, it’s important to always assure your child of your unconditional love. Don’t put pressure on them to behave a certain way around your spouse and remind them constantly that you will support them no matter what. When children feel like they are somehow to blame or somehow implicated in their family’s upheaval, it can cause emotional distress that affects a child’s school life and physical health. Knowing that they are loved without question by both parents can go a long way towards helping a child properly cope during a divorce.

Additionally, some parents try to empower their children by giving them choices about which spouse they want to spend weekends or holidays with. It might seem like a good thing to respect your child’s wishes, but many kids can feel pressured by this sort of big responsibility. They might feel like choosing one parent somehow betrays the other. They could also be tempted to use the divorce to make demands about parental behavior, hinting that they will only choose to spend time with one or the other if certain conditions are met. It’s best to remove that possibility by deciding, with your spouse, how your child will spend their time. A skilled divorce lawyer can help parents figure out what’s best for their child or children during a separation.

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Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Chicago Personal Injury Law

Serious accidents can leave individuals without the physical or economical means to provide for their families as they recover. What begins as an unfortunate circumstance can quickly become a nightmare as bills pile up and emotions come into play. Thankfully, injured individuals can sometimes claim compensation for their troubles by filing a “personal injury case.”

Practice areas

Injuries can happen in a variety of ways, so personal injury lawyers generally practice in a variety of specific areas. Examples of such areas include:

  • Car accidents: covers specific cases such as truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, rollover accidents, auto defects, speeding accidents, drunk driving, and more
  • Nursing home negligence: covers physical abuse, sexual abuse, negligence, malnutrition/dehydration, and other forms of mistreatment that occur in nursing homes
  • Medical malpractice: covers birth injuries, improper treatment, surgical errors, lack of informed consent, and other forms of medical misjudgment
  • Construction accidents: includes a variety of worksite risks (such as electrocution and slip and fall accidents) that should be mitigated by proper safety regulations and safe work practices
  • Product liability: covers defective consumer products such as household appliances, childcare products and toys, dangerous drugs, defective vehicles, and more
  • Wrongful death: covers deaths that may have been caused by negligence or recklessness

Of course, cases can also occur outside these bounds in a variety of complex circumstances.

Why hire a personal injury lawyer?

As one of the top personal injury lawyers in Chicago explains, an experienced legal representative can help you “aggressively pursue” compensation for your injuries. Personal injury lawyers can help you hold your injurer legally accountable for the damage that they have caused.

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