Nitrous Oxide

“Laughing Gas”

Our dental office provides an environment where kids can feel calm, comfortable, and confident. We specialize in treating children and adolescents, so we know how to make them feel special.

However, children can sometimes feel anxious during treatments. So, we need to approach the situation in a kind, gentle manner to keep them comfortable. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a safe blend of gasses that we use to reduce your child’s fears during their visit.

What is Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen?

Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a mix of oxygen and nitrous oxide. When your child breathes it in, they’ll feel calm during their procedure. Normal breathing will gradually eliminate the gasses from your child’s body.

How Will My Child Feel If They Inhale Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen

We will ask the patient what “flavor” of air they’d like to breathe. When your child smells the flavored air, they’ll feel relaxed, causing the sights, sounds, and sensations of the treatment to seem less intimidating. Most kids respond better to treatments when using this “laughing gas.”

Is Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Safe?

Yes, nitrous oxide/oxygen is very safe! It’s known as the safest sedation method in the dental world. It’s mild and non-addictive. It gets eliminated from the body quickly after the procedure. When breathing it in, your child remains fully conscious, so they will still have all their normal reflexes.

Are There Specific Instructions for Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen?

Before the dental visit, give your child little to no food, depending on the doctor’s instructions. Otherwise, nausea or vomiting may occur. If your child has any respiratory conditions that affect breathing through their nose, such as asthma or sinus issues, alert our team. Respiratory problems can limit the effectiveness of this gas. Also, be sure to tell the dentist if your child is taking medication on their appointment day.

Does Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Work for Every Child?

Every child is unique, so nitrous oxide/oxygen may not be effective for some patients. Children with extreme anxiety, nasal congestion, or serious treatment needs may not benefit from nitrous oxide/oxygen. If that’s the case, we can offer oral sedation or other sedation methods that are better suited.

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