Nitrous Gas for Sedation
Our Pediatric Dentists will use this when a child has minor dental treatment and only requires a light sedation.
If the child has extensive decay or has extreme anxiety, nitrous oxide often isn’t indicated and they would likely need general anesthesia for their dental appointment.
When would our Pediatric Dentist use nitrous oxide or “laughing gas”?
Our Pediatric Dentists will use this when a child has minor dental treatment and only requires a light sedation. If the child has extensive decay or has extreme anxiety, nitrous oxide often isn’t indicated and they would likely need general anesthesia for their dental appointment.
What type of dental treatment can be done using nitrous oxide?
Nitrous Oxide can be used for any type of dental treatment. The decision to use Nitrous Oxide does not typically depend on the type of procedure that needs to be done, but it is dependent on the level of fear the patient experiences and the amount of treatment needed. A child who is severely nervous of dental treatment and one who has a large amount of dental treatment required to be done would not be a good candidate for laughing gas. However, someone with a mild level of nervousness and one who has a small amount of dental work to be done would be a good candidate for laughing gas. Whether your child needs fillings, crowns, extractions or space maintainers it can be accomplished with administering Nitrous Oxide.
What should I do before my child's appointment with nitrous oxide?
We advise all of our patients to discuss these instructions with us prior to dental treatment with Nitrous Oxide. It is recommended but not mandatory to avoid eating or drinking two to three hours prior to the appointment.
What is the process for using nitrous oxide for your child’s dental appointment?
The process for using laughing gas for your child’s dental appointment is very simple. First, a nasal hood (a small mask) is placed over their nose. The process starts out with 50% Oxygen and 50% Nitrous, and your child will be asked to take big deep breaths through their nose. Treatment can vary from person to person but typically within 5 minutes of deep breaths of the nitrous oxide, patients start to feel really relaxed. Once the patient is relaxed and comfortable to start treatment, that is when the procedure will begin. The nasal hood will stay on throughout the procedure and the level of Nitrous and Oxygen will be adjusted accordingly throughout the procedure to keep the patient at the desired level of sedation.
After nitrous oxide: Once the dental treatment is complete, 100% oxygen will be given for about five minutes, and immediately after the patient will leave the office the feeling just the same as when they arrived.