Nitrous oxide (also called laughing gas) can help your child relax in the dentist’s chair so they get the care they need. We understand that some patients may feel nervous or even afraid about going to the dentist. This is why our pediatric dentists do everything they can to make every child feel safe and comfortable.
Benefits of Nitrous Oxide
Laughing gas is safe for children of all ages, from toddlers to teens. Since nitrous oxide is quick to wear off, your child will be able to return to school after their appointment. This is different from other types of sedation that would require you to keep your child home and carefully watch them for the rest of the day.
Advantages of nitrous oxide:
- Reduces dental anxiety
- Relieves mild pain
- Works quickly
- Wears off quickly
- Safe for children of all ages, from toddlers to teens
What Your Child Can Expect
During the procedure, one of our pediatric dentists will gently place a mask over their nose. As your child breathes in the nitrous oxide mixed with oxygen, they’ll start to feel more relaxed. Some patients feel euphoric and may giggle a little, which is how got its name.
During the procedure, your child will still be alert and awake during the procedure. That way, they’ll be able to cooperate with our pediatric dentists and the rest of our team. For example, we may need them to open their mouth slightly wider so we can access a back tooth.
We can usefor any procedure, even for something as minor as a teeth cleaning. Yet, keep in mind that we may need to use local anesthesia in addition to the laughing gas for more intensive procedures. This is because laughing gas is a mild sedative.