Sedation Mask System Improves Clinical Efficiency
By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 10 May 2017
Image: Innovative nasal sedation masks offer increased patient comfort (Photo courtesy of Crosstex).
New nitrous oxide/oxygen (NO2/O2) sedation nasal masks are designed to improve patient comfort and clinician assurance.
The Crosstex International AXESS nasal masks are single-use, lightweight, and low profile, contoured to form fit around the mask perimeter. The tight nasal and facial seal minimizes ambient NO2 in the operatory and overall gas flow into the patient’s eyes, all without the use of insulation tape or uncomfortable cannula protruding into the patient’s nostril. The masks also offer visual assurance to the clinician, as fogging appears in the translucent mask when patients breathe through their nose.
The accompanying low profile scavenging circuit is constructed of slender, lightweight tubing, reducing drag that can lead to mask displacement. The circuit can be steam-sterilized and reused, offering a cost-effective and environmentally friendly scavenging solution. The combined mask and scavenging circuit provide patients with a comfortable experience, and clinicians with unobstructed access to the mouth. Neither the mask nor the scavenging circuit contains natural rubber or latex. AXESS masks are available in three sizes and in two scents (mint and bubblegum); a clear, unscented version is available for scent-sensitive patients.
“Patient safety has always been the cornerstone of the Crosstex mission. The growing emphasis on patient comfort and nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation correlates with an increase in positive patient experiences,” said Jackie Beltrani, vice president of global marketing for Crosstex International. “For dental professionals, that has the potential to mean more referrals and more opportunities to grow their practices.”
Sedation is typically used in minor surgical procedures such as endoscopy, vasectomy, or dentistry and for reconstructive surgery, some cosmetic surgeries, removal of wisdom teeth, or for high-anxiety patients. Sedation is also used extensively in the intensive care unit (ICU) so that patients who are being ventilated tolerate endotracheal tubes. It is also used during a long-term brain electroencephalogram (EEG) to help patients relax. Inhalation sedation is also sometimes referred to as relative analgesia.