Nitrous Oxide During Labor

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 in Blog

Find your laughing place!  Our physicians and hospital are proud to announce new pain relief during labor. Nitrous Oxide is safe in labor and allows the patient to control her pain relief.  Since 2011 there has been an increase in the use of Nitrous Oxide for patient controlled pain relief.  One of the most common questions is if it is like going to the dentist.  During labor the concentration of nitrous oxide is no higher than 50%, much lower than a the dentist offfice. And the stream of nitrous oxide is intermittently administered by the woman herself using either a mouthpiece or mask with a demand valve. The demand valve only opens when the woman inhales (breathes in).  When the woman exhales, the valve closes and the gas stream is stopped.  This allows our patients to have the freedom to choose their pain relief and be mobile.

For more information, please click on the image to hear from our staff at St. David’s Medical Center.

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