Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Our pediatric dentists are trained specifically to help your children feel comfortable in the dental chair, but sometimes children will feel anxious about dental treatment and may need extra help with cooperation.
How does nitrous oxide work?
Nitrous oxide is a very safe and effective sedative gas that may be used to calm a child during their dental visit. It works quickly, reverses easily, and is non-allergenic. Your child stays awake the entire visit.
The gas is delivered through a mask on the nose, and the nitrous oxide gas is blended with oxygen so we are able to control how much they are receiving. At the end of treatment, we completely eliminate the effects of nitrous oxide with oxygen.
How will your child feel during treatment? Your child will feel relaxed, and sometimes even giggly or euphoric, which is why nitrous oxide has the nickname “laughing gas.”
The main side effect of nitrous oxide is nausea and vomiting, so please make sure your child has little to no food prior to the procedure.