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Nitrous oxide still in shortage

October 11, 2017

Washington — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration still considered nitrous oxide as being in shortage as of Oct. 10.

In July, the FDA had predicted that a return to full capacity was expected to return to normal by the end of the third quarter of 2017, which ended Sept. 30.

The nitrous oxide shortage was initially expected to end in March.

The Food and Drug Administration first issued a shortage notice for nitrous oxide in January, following an explosion in August 2016 at a production facility in Florida operated by Nitrous Oxide Corp., an Airgas company.

Access to nitrous oxide has become a concern for some dentists as a result of the supply disruption, with members calling the ADA and state dental associations with comments and questions.

The ADA and the FDA encourage dental offices to report any shortages by emailing the agency at

Dentists can look for shortage notices, safety alerts and product recalls on the ADA Safety Alerts website by visiting

For more information on all drug shortages or supply issues, visit the FDA's website.