While our pediatric dentists and team do everything possible to help your child feel comfortable in our office and have a positive experience, there may be times when your child is simply too anxious to receive the care they need. If this is the case, we may recommend nitrous oxide to help your child relax and receive treatment.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is one of the safest and most effective sedation options for children. It is a colorless gas with a slightly sweet odor and works quickly to help relieve anxiety and fear so that your child can relax. When we provide your child with nitrous oxide, our pediatric dentists and team will simply fit a small mask over their nose. The gas is mixed with oxygen and inhaled, and in just a few minutes, your child should be relaxed and ready to receive treatment. After their treatment is completed, we will gradually decrease the flow of the gas until your child has completely recovered. We will monitor your child closely throughout their appointment to make sure that they are safe and remain comfortable.
Prior to providing your child with nitrous oxide, our pediatric dentists and team will meet with you to discuss their medical history and any medications they are taking, as well as other treatment options, so that we can determine if nitrous oxide is the best choice for your child’s dental health.
Give us a call today to make an appointment with our pediatric dentists and learn more about pediatric nitrous oxide!