Our dentist and team do everything possible to help your child feel comfortable during their time in our office. Sometimes, however, your child may simply be too fearful to receive the care they need. If this is the case, our dentist may recommend nitrous oxide to help them relax and receive a stress-free treatment.
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a colorless gas with a slightly sweet odor. It is a highly safe and effective method to relieve fear and anxiety and help your child feel comfortable while they receive their treatment. When your child receives nitrous oxide, our dentist and team will simply fit a small mask over their nose. The sedative gas is mixed with oxygen and inhaled, and in just a few minutes, your child can begin to feel more at ease. Your child may tell you that they are experiencing a “floating” sensation. When their treatment is completed, we will gradually decrease the flow of the gas until your child has completely recovered. Our team will monitor your child closely throughout their entire appointment to make sure that they are safe and comfortable.
When you bring your child to our office, we will discuss their options with you so that you can make the best decision for your child’s dental health. This discussion will include a review of their medical history and any medications your child may be taking so that we can determine if nitrous oxide is the best option for your child.