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Does it hurt a 16 year old to be given nitrous oxide from a dentist for 2 hours without being monitered.?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
4 doctors agree

In brief: Hurt no? Bad...yes!

Nobody should be unmonitored and getting nitrous oxide.
At the least oxygen saturation monitoring needs to take place.

In brief: Hurt no? Bad...yes!

Nobody should be unmonitored and getting nitrous oxide.
At the least oxygen saturation monitoring needs to take place.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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Dr. Gabor Racz
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: It depends

How much oxygen was also added? The patient will get cyanotic unless is colored or anemic which is a form of monitoring.
But this day and age you must be crazy to take your family to someone that does not monitor and gives a hypoxic mixture. Hypoxia can cause brain damage!

In brief: It depends

How much oxygen was also added? The patient will get cyanotic unless is colored or anemic which is a form of monitoring.
But this day and age you must be crazy to take your family to someone that does not monitor and gives a hypoxic mixture. Hypoxia can cause brain damage!
Dr. Gabor Racz
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Dr. David Edsall
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: It may

If given without oxygen delivery and oxygen and co2 monitoring the potential for harm is much greater and i would not allow it , esp if given with a sedative.
If the patient has a eustacian tube problem it may rupture the eardrum and or cause nausea.

In brief: It may

If given without oxygen delivery and oxygen and co2 monitoring the potential for harm is much greater and i would not allow it , esp if given with a sedative.
If the patient has a eustacian tube problem it may rupture the eardrum and or cause nausea.
Dr. David Edsall
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Dr. Scott Roethle
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Probably not

This is generally "safe", but everything has some risk.
In a reputable dentist office with competent staff, this should not be a problem to receive nitrous oxide. But every patient is different, and if you are concerned, have medical issues, or have a history of anesthetic complications, you can request consultation with an anesthesiologist if necessary (but it will be extra expense).

In brief: Probably not

This is generally "safe", but everything has some risk.
In a reputable dentist office with competent staff, this should not be a problem to receive nitrous oxide. But every patient is different, and if you are concerned, have medical issues, or have a history of anesthetic complications, you can request consultation with an anesthesiologist if necessary (but it will be extra expense).
Dr. Scott Roethle
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Dr. John Stork
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Nitrous is very safe, and in low concentrations especially so.
But it is standard of care to monitor with at least pulse oximetry. If something goes wrong, and higher concentrations of nitrous occur, low blood oxygen levels could result, and if missed can cause brain damage, or death.

In brief: Yes

Nitrous is very safe, and in low concentrations especially so.
But it is standard of care to monitor with at least pulse oximetry. If something goes wrong, and higher concentrations of nitrous occur, low blood oxygen levels could result, and if missed can cause brain damage, or death.
Dr. John Stork
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