Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Pediatric dentists know that all children are not all alike! Every service is tailored to your child as an individual. Sometimes, however, a child feels anxious during treatment. Your child may need more support than a gentle, caring manner to feel comfortable. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a safe, effective technique to calm a child’s fear of the dental visit.
Nitrous oxide is very safe. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is perhaps the safest sedative in dentistry. It is non-addictive. It is mild, easily taken, and then quickly eliminated by the body. Your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes when breathing nitrous oxide/oxygen. Our staff will give you any specific instructions concerning eating or any other specifics concerning the visit. Please inform our staff about any respiratory condition that makes breathing through the nose difficult for your child. It may limit the effectiveness of nitrous oxide/oxygen. Also inform us if your child is taking any medication on the day of the appointment.
Nitrous oxide/oxygen is not effective for some children, especially those who have severe anxiety; nasal congestion, extensive treatment needs, or discomfort wearing a nasal masks. Our doctors have comprehensive specialty training and can offer other sedation methods that may be right for your child.