{1 - 24} GreyGrey
{25 - 49} GreenGreen
{50 - 499} BlueBlue
{500 - 4999} OrangeOrange
{5000 - 24999} RedRed
{25000+} BlackBlack

Please confirm that you would like to report this for an admin to review.

Pregnancy and N2O

I am very early in my pregnancy and do not feel comfortable telling the office yet esp since my last one ended in a miscarriage. As an RDH it is very difficult to do that since some of my pts want N20. Is there any new literature or studies done to show correlation between baby and N20? I would like to wait until week 12 to tell the office but there are definitely some N20 pts in my schedule as I feel uneasy seeing them since I am pregnant.. any way out of this? Any reassurance with safety?

Confirm that you would like to Remove Email Alerts for your question. You cant undo this and you will not be able to re-subscribe.

1 Answer

The studies I have found are mostly for patients who are pregnant and the use of nitrous oxide on them – contraindicated. Here is an article related to the dental practitioner and working with nitrous: http://www.dimensionsofdentalhygiene.com/2011/11_November/Departments/Tips_on_Technique.aspx
Here is another link you may find useful: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/94-100/
I have heard many stories of hygienists who worked with nitrous (administered to patients in their care) and had a spontaneous abortion; sometimes more than once. Personally, I wouldn’t risk it. It’s like you are in between a rock and a hard spot if you don’t want let your office know. For the safety of your little one, it may be a good idea to disclose. I would recommend getting a nitrous indicator (like a radiation badge) if you choose not to disclose – immediately. This is just my opinion! Do what you feel is right in your heart and your gut, but please lean toward “better be safe than sorry.”

Confirm that you would like to select this answer as the "Best Answer" to your question. This will bring this answer to to top and be highlighted as "Best Answer". You can always change this if a better answer is given.

You must be Logged In to Answer this Question

Already a Member, Log In
Not a member yet? Sign Up



Like Kara RDH on Facebook!