What Do You Know About Conscious Sedation?
Nitrous oxide delivery is an important facet of pain management during dental procedures. Read on to see how much you know about this important facet of pain management.
Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a colorless, nonflammable, low potency anesthetic gas administered in combination with oxygen (O2) to provide minimal and moderate levels of conscious sedation in the dental office.
Nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry only for the past 10 years.
Nitrous oxide is primarily indicated for patients who exhibit mild to moderate dental anxiety/fear.
Nitrous oxide can help patients with which of the following?
Relative contraindications to nitrous oxide administration are chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, recent middle ear or eye surgery where a gas bubble was used, bowel obstruction, current or recovering addiction issues, psychological impairment, use of antidepressants, use of psychotropic drugs, or severe cardiovascular conditions.
Nitrous oxide gas is delivered by injection.
Patients should never be left unattended during administration of nitrous oxide.
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