The relief of pain is among the primary goals of any health practitioner. Along with the inventions of modern forms of pain relief have come a renewed attention and appreciation for established ones, for example, nitrous oxide and oxygen sedation. This odorless and colorless gas was first used in dentistry in the mid-1800s. As taught by the Dean of DOCS Education’s faculty, Anthony Feck, DMD, you’ll gain an overview in “Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Sedation for Adults and Children” of why this tool remains a mainstay of dental and medical practice.
This one-hour course provides a CE credit and explores the basics of nitrous oxide and oxygen sedation. Participants will learn signs of over-sedation and which should trigger immediate medical attention. According to Dr. Feck, who teaches nitrous courses to dentists around the nation, “the fact that nitrous is so established doesn’t mean there aren’t still misconceptions about this vital approach.” Among those is failure to use scavenging systems to protect dentist and staff from excess exposure to unused gas, Dr. Feck explains.
“Children and adults respond differently to nitrous oxide and oxygen sedation, and dentists should understand what characterizes typical reactions from each group,” Dr. Feck explains. “With the right equipment, careful monitoring and case selection, and regard for unique patient responses, nitrous oxide remains a safe and flexible part of the dental armamentarium.”