Is Laughing Gas Safe For My Child?
Laughing gas (also called nitrous oxide) is safe for both adults and children. If your child has dental anxiety, you may want to ask our pediatric dentists if laughing gas can help. We offer laughing gas to help patients feel safe and comfortable in the dentist’s chair while receiving treatment. Continue reading to learn why laughing gas is perfectly safe for your child during their next appointment with us.
What is Laughing Gas?
Laughing gas can be used for a range of dental procedures, from teeth cleanings to fillings. However, some procedures will still require local anesthesia to manage pain. If your child has a history of dental anxiety, laughing gas may be used to help your child relax while receiving dental care.
Benefits of laughing gas:
- Wears off quickly
- Patient is awake and aware
- No lingering side effects
- Reduces dental anxiety
Wears Off Quickly
We administer laughing gas via a mask we place over your child’s nose. This mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen works quickly to put your child at ease. Likewise, the calming effects of laughing gas wear off almost immediately after we remove the mask. Unlike other types of sedation dentistry, your child will be able to return to school after their appointment.
Patient is Awake and Aware
Laughing gas is different from sleep dentistry because your child will be awake and aware during the procedure. This means that your child will be able to cooperate if one of our dentists needs your child to open their mouth wider or tilt their head to access a tooth. Our laughing gas dentists have the necessary training and experience to use during dental procedures.
No Lingering Side Effects
There are no lingering side effects of laughing gas, which makes it perfectly safe for children. In fact, adults who are given laughing gas are able to drive themselves home or return to work. Other types of(like pill sedation) require you keep your child home from school and monitor them for the rest of the day for adverse side effects. With laughing gas, you don’t have to worry about side effects.
Reduces Dental Anxiety
Children with dental anxiety require special care so they can maintain healthy smiles and learn oral hygiene habits that will last a lifetime. The more anxiety your child feels about going to the dentist, the less likely they’ll continue dental care into adulthood.
We understand that your child’s early years are crucial for forming good impressions, which is why we offer laughing gas. Laughing gas will help your child stay calm while receiving pediatric dental care.
We know from experience that many people fear the dentist because they fear losing control. Since your child will be awake and aware while being administered laughing gas, they’ll feel more in control of their treatment.
If you have any questions about laughing gas, don’t hesitate to call our office. We’re always more than happy to answer any questions you might have about your child’s dental care.
Drs. Stephanie Kloostra and Taryn Weil are accepting new patients at Hudsonville Dental Kids! To schedule an appointment for your child to see one of our pediatric dentists in Hudsonville, MI, call (616) 209-4039.