Everything you Need to Know About Nitrous Carts
What are Nitrous Carts?
Nitrous carts have many names; nitrous machine, nitrous delivery system, and dental nitrous systems. Nitrous carts are portable NO2O2 delivery systems that are typically used in dental and minimally invasive procedures. Nitrous oxygen systems are composed of a flowmeter, a stand with wheels, a scavenging circuit, nasal cannula, and a ‘yoke block’ that is used to hold oxygen and nitrous tanks to the stand. A complete nitrous system such as this allows for a higher level of mobility throughout your practice without needing a separate, or individual, unit per room. Depending on your setup, you may not need the yoke block attachment. If you already have nitrous and oxygen outlets installed in your procedure rooms you can purchase a nitrous cart without the “yoke block” which will give you everything previously mentioned, minus the ability to carry tanks on the cart. This same configuration will work for facilities that have larger stationary tanks as well, but you will need to be sure that you have the proper regulators and gas hoses to make the connection.
Nitrous Machine Manufacturers
Simply put, there are 3 manufacturers of nitrous machines in the U.S.; Belmed, Porter, and Accutron. While all 3 have of these manufacturers produce quality carts that you will get many years of use out of, they do vary in price, availability, and digital vs analog function.
Belmed Nitrous Carts
Currently, Belmed only produces analog systems, meaning that gas flow will be controlled with knobs/dials. Analog systems are very reliable and have the advantage over digital systems when it comes to learning curves and ease-of-use. So if you’re in the market for something digital, Belmed will not be an option for you. The biggest upside with a belmed nitrous system is price, usually averaging about $1,000 less than an Accutron or Porter nitrous system.
Accutron & Porter Nitrous Systems
Like Belmed, Accutron and Porter produce high quality, easy to use, analog systems, but have the option for digital nitrous flowmeters as well. While Accutron has a bigger line up of options in terms of digital nitrous carts than Porter, the lead times coming from Accutron as of 11/16/2020 are months out, so if you need an analog system in a hurry, Belmed will be your best option until updates have been provided by Accutron. Porter is experiencing similar supply chain issues and have not provided any further updates on when these lead times will be improved.