Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Our practice is trained to help children feel comfortable when confronted with dental treatment. Many children are calm, comfortable, and confident in a pediatric dental office.
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.
What is nitrous oxide/oxygen?
Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen, and nitrous oxide. When inhaled, it is absorbed by the body and has a calming effect. Normal breathing eliminates nitrous oxide/oxygen from the body.
How will my child feel when breathing nitrous oxide/oxygen?
How safe is nitrous oxide/oxygen?
Nitrous oxide is very safe because it’s easy to take and mild. Nitrous oxide is not addictive. While inhaling nitrous oxide, your child remains fully conscience, keeps all natural reflexes, and aware of their surroundings. Nitrous oxide is eliminated from the body within 3 to 5 minutes after the nitrous oxide supply is stopped.
If the child has respiratory issues, such as asthma, Our doctors will determine if the child is a candidate for nitrous oxide.