Are There Any Precautions for Nitrous- and Sedation-Related Equipment During COVID-19?
In six short months, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced a major rethink of how dentists run their practices. From patient screening to PPE and aerosol generation, every process and procedure is now being looked at through the lens of infection control. For many general dentists, such an extensive overhaul of practice has raised many questions. One such question concerns the use of nitrous oxide, and other equipment related to sedation.
In this edition of CDA Oasis Live, Dr. John O’Keefe, Director of Knowledge Networks CDA, talks to Dr. Joonyoung Ji, a dental anesthesia specialist from Ottawa, about the key risk factors in using nitrous oxide during COVID. Dr. Ji explains that, although considerations are not that much different from normal practice, a heightened sense of concern exists due to the COVID risk; and management of care ultimately comes down to the risk vs. reward probabilities. He outlines the key challenges involved in using sedation equipment and gives valuable tips on how dentists can keep risks to a minimum.
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CDA Oasis Team