Enhancing Patient Comfort and Safety: Concomitant Use of Local Anesthesia & Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Analgesia during Nonsurgical Periodontal Therapy
Date & Time
Friday, October 9, 2020, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Pain management is often required during therapeutic debridement and preventive maintenance appointments for areas of challenging pocket topography, root anatomy, and inflammation. Of special consideration is managing patients who are medically compromised as they require excellent pain control to avoid exacerbation of their conditions as a result of pain or anxiety. Local anesthesia and nitrous oxide and oxygen analgesia have been shown to be safe and effective procedures for pain and anxiety control. How, does one choose the appropriate protocol to enhance patient comfort and safety? This course offers a discussion of the local anesthetic agents and injections most useful during nonsurgical periodontal therapy and safe practices for use of nitrous oxide and oxygen analgesia. Consideration of factors which influence decision-making regarding the concomitant use of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide and oxygen analgesia for enhancing patient comfort and safety is emphasized.