Nitrous Oxide Found to Increase Dental Anaesthesia Success Rates

Given that between 10 and 39 per cent of patients have reported ineffective pulpal anaesthesia, finding the correct local anaesthetic can increase confidence in dental visits and assist people in more regular oral healthcare, US researchers have found.

In a study published in Anesthesia Progress, a team at Ohio State University compared the effects of nitrous oxide/oxygen (N2O/O2) with that of room air/oxygen (air/O2) on inferior alveolar nerve block (IANB) injection pain and mandibular pulpal anaesthesia success.

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