Nitrous Oxide Review OSHA Focus: 4 CEs
Nitrous Oxide Review OSHA Focus 2022-23
Credit hours/CE: 4
MaryLou Austin, RDH, MS, MBA Health Science Editor
Publication: November 2020
Reviewed: August 2022
Expiration: December 2023
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Identify indications and contraindications for nitrous oxide use in clinical dentistry.
- Evaluate patients’ suitability and best clinical practices for nitrous oxide sedation.
- Implement nitrous oxide workplace monitoring and safety per OSHA guidelines.
- Identify signs and symptoms of exposure.
Patient anxiety has always been a major issue in dental offices. This course reviews guidelines for nitrous oxide use by dental practitioners and staff by which to manage patient anxiety and pain. Nitrous oxide, (N2O), when administered properly, is safe, effective and increases patient satisfaction during some dental procedures. After discussing nitrous oxide’s chemical and physical properties, this course emphasizes best clinical practices which support absolute patient safety and assures that clinicians minimize nitrous oxide exposure to themselves in the workplace. OSHA sets forth specific guidelines for clinical and workplace safety which will be discussed in detail.