In dentistry, nitrous oxide is the most commonly used inhalation anxiolytic and sedation adjunct. It reduces anxiety, pain, and memory of the treatment experienced and is a valuable component of the armamentarium available to clinicians. When used correctly, it is predictable, effective, and safe.
This clinical study will provide the dental professional with the steps needed to deliver nitrous oxide in a safe and efficacious manner.
After reading this continuing education course, the reader should be able to:
1. Refer to the history of nitrous oxide
2. Understand the properties of nitrous oxide
3. Know the safety recommendations
4. Have the ability to deliver nitrous oxide in a safe manner, and know the contraindications
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