Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a colorless gas commonly used for anxiety and pain relief to help patients of all ages undergo minor dental procedures.
It’s classified as a dissociative anesthetic since it produces disassociation of the mind from the body or a sensation of floating.
It’s typically administered through a small mask that also carries oxygen with the medication. Your child simply breathes through their nose, and the medication takes effect.
Laughing gas is safe, and dentists have used it for many years. Sometimes children even enjoy the sense of happiness and strange euphoria that the gas can cause.
If your child is anxious about their upcoming dental procedure, you may want to talk to your Happy Smiles dentist about using laughing gas before a procedure to reduce their anxiety and pain and help to keep them more at ease.
Dr. Kim and Dr. Cernigliaro commonly use this popular method of sedation on children, and they might recommend it for:
The medication can last up to six hours, so plan accordingly to best prepare.
Laughing gas is inhaled through a special mask, along with oxygen. Your child won't go to sleep. Instead, they’re awake and in a state of calm that enables a smoother dental procedure. For a short period, inhaling the laughing gas creates:
Laughing gas affects people differently, depending on the amount taken and the child’s health, weight, and size. Rest assured that it’s entirely safe and effective and that the dentists at Happy Smile know precisely what they’re doing.
If you’d like to learn more about nitrous oxide, and how to help your child have an anxiety-free dental experience, call or book online to visit Happy Smile Pediatric Dentistry today.
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