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Nitrous oxide while pregnant ?

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I work at a pediatric dentist office as a dental assistant. I am currently 17 weeks pregnant. Because I work with children that are nervouse and anxious we use nitrous oxide. I wanted to know if its bad for me? I did ask the dentist but he said it was fine but, everyone else in the office says its really bad. I know know what to do because he's obligating me to be in that room and im scared he might fire me. I am really concerned about my baby health.


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replied April 5th, 2010
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Hi,
Welcome to the ehealthforum. I am glad to help you out.

Nitrous oxide is known to increase the risk of spontaneous abortions if used without a proper scavenging system.

If a scavenging system is in place, then the possibility of abortions is minimal. However, what is more important and more risky is the exposure to the x-rays.

This should be avoided at all costs by wearing a lead apron. I sincerely hope this information helps. Take care.



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