Author(s): Cohen EN, Brown BW Jr, Bruce DL, Cascorbi HF, Corbett TH,
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Abstract Measurable concentrations of waste anesthetic gases have been found in hospital dental operating rooms. A mail survey of 4,797 general dental practitioners and 2,642 oral surgeons indicated that 20.2\% of the general practitioners and 74.8\% of the oral surgeons had anesthetic exposures exceeding three hours per week. In the comparison of the health of individuals exposed or unexposed to inhalation anesthetics, there was a significant increase (78\%) of spontaneous abortion in the spouses of exposed dentists and a significant increase (156\%) in liver disease for exposed dentists. The implication of these findings and possible solutions are discussed.
This article was published in J Am Dent Assoc
and referenced in Journal of Anesthesia & Clinical Research