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Control of nitrous oxide in dental operatories.
McGlothlin JD; Dames BL; Flesch JP
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 1999 Apr; 14(4):218-220
Dental workers are exposed to nitrous oxide (N2O) during administration of this anesthetic gas to patients. Exposures should be minimized to prevent short-term behavioral and long-term reproductive health effects that can be produced by N2O. NIOSH research has shown controls including system maintenance, ventilation, and work practices can effectively reduce N2O concentrations in dental operations to approximately 25 ppm during analgesia administration, the exposure limit recommended by NIOSH. Uncontrolled exposures to N2O have exceeded 1000 ppm.
Dentistry; Anesthetics; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-exposure; Ventilation-systems; Dentists; Air-monitoring
Issue of Publication
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Page last reviewed: August 1, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division