Non-anaesthetic nitrous oxide
Most doctors and medical practitioners regard nitrous oxide as an anaesthetic gas only, although they are usually aware that non-anaesthetic nitrous oxide has a wide usage for reducing anxiety and pain during childbirth. However, for more than sixty years, dental practitioners have used non-anaesthetic nitrous oxide as a means of relaxing their patients and reducing the pain of dental procedures. In most painful dental procedures non-anaesthetic nitrous oxide is supplemented with local anaesthetic injections to control pain. Non-anaesthetic nitrous oxide so used has an unsurpassed safety record of over one-hundred and fifty years. There are few if any other medical agents that have such a history of effective and safe use. A major advantage of using non-anaesthetic nitrous oxide is that the doctor or dentist is able to get a relaxed patient who does not mind receiving an injection of local anaesthetic for pain control. Most importantly, the patient is fully conscious throughout the administration of non-anaesthetic nitrous oxide. Because the patient is fully conscious, none of the precautions needed for anaesthesia are required. No expensive monitoring equipment such as oxymeters or electro-cardiographs are needed, nor does the patient have to fast before receiving non-anaesthetic nitrous oxide. Non-anaesthetic nitrous oxide should always be given with the correct specialised equipment. Such equipment is readily available from various commercial suppliers. Probably the best known equipment is the MDM nitrous oxide analgesia machine made by Matrx by Porter and supplied in southern Africa by Sedatek. Sedatek specialises in all equipment related to the use of non-anaesthetic nitrous oxide. Non-anaesthetic nitrous oxide can only be used legally by medical and dental professionals including nurses with valid registration with their respective councils or registering authority. Only such registered medical professionals are permitted to use gas mixtures of non-anaesthetic for medical and dental patients. In order to use the technique of non-anaesthetic nitrous oxide correctly it is essential that registered health-care professionals undergo hands-on training and obtain the necessary and linked theoretical knowledge (for details contact Professor Gillman: see below). Non-anaesthetic nitrous oxide has been used in South Africa, Europe and USA for treating acute substance abuse withdrawal very successfully and this work is backed up by a large volume of scientific publications in leading peer-reviewed medical journals including a Cochrane review.
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