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INHALATION ANESTHESIA

GAS ANESTHETICS

Nitrous oxide(N2O) : provide pain relief during labor as well as at delivery

Produces analgesia and altered consciousness

Does not provide true anesthesia

Does not prolong labor or interfere with Ut contractions

N20 50% mixture with 50% oxygen (Nitronox) : excellent pain relief during the 2nd stage of labor

Used as part of  a balanced GA for c/sec and some forceps deliveries

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