• 2May, 2018

    What to do if patients are not feeling the Nitrous effectively

    Possible causes:

    • The mask is not fitting the patients face
    • The one way valve in the nasal cone is missing or stuck in an open position, failing to close upon patient inhalation
    • The breathing bag has a hole, tear, or slit in it
    • Loose hose or connector in the breathing circuit
    • The Room Air Safety Valve is stuck open
    • The nitrous oxide concentration is not set correctly for the patient
    • Some patients do not feel the effects of nitrous oxide
    • Some people self-medicate before going to the dentist
    • Low nitrous flow
    • Too much suction
    • Breathing bag not moving in and out

    What to do?

    • Check the system to ensure no leaks in the bag or hoses
    • Verify that the tubes are clear and that there are no kinks
    • Verify that the valves are in place in the nasal hoods
    • Don’t forget about the fit of the mask
    • Ensure breathing pattern is duplicated via the breathing bag
    • Request patients to reveal any medications or alcohol they have taken prior to treatment

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