Laughing Gas

Laughing Gas
For children who feel anxiety during dental procedures, nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a safe and effective method to reduce anxiety and discomfort. At their office in Midtown New York, New York, Dr. Cernigliaro and Dr. Kim of Happy Smile Pediatric Dentistry safely administer laughing gas to help your children have a more comfortable dental experience. Call or book online to find out more.

Laughing Gas Q & A

Happy Smile Pediatric Dentistry

What is laughing gas or nitrous oxide?

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.

Why would my child need laughing gas or nitrous oxide?

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:

  • Long procedures
  • Children with special needs
  • Children who have difficulty standing still
  • Children who are especially fearful of the dentist

The medication can last up to six hours, so plan accordingly to best prepare.

What can I expect when my child has laughing gas?

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:

  • Numbness
  • A floating sensation
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • A feeling of excitement
  • An immediate rush of euphoria
  • Laughter, often uncontrolled, hence the name laughing gas

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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