Nitrous oxide sedation, commonly known as ‘laughing gas,’ is often used to relax children for dental treatment. Two gases, nitrous oxide and oxygen, are blended together and given through a small flavored breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose, inducing a state of relaxation. While inhaling the nitrous oxide/oxygen, your child remains fully conscious and keeps all of his/her natural reflexes. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes this technique as safe and effective to use for treating children’s dental needs. The non-addictive gas has a mild flavor, and with normal breathing, is quickly eliminated from the body.
Prior to your appointment:
- Please inform us of any change to your child’s health and/or medical condition.
- Tell us about any respiratory condition that makes breathing through the nose difficult for your child. It may limit the effectiveness of the nitrous oxide/oxygen.
- Let us know if your child is taking any medication on the day of the appointment.