Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Sedation Dentistry

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.

Nitrous Oxide

"Laughing Gas"

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.

Learn About the Benefits of Nitrous Oxide Sedation:

There are many benefits of Nitrous Oxide, the main one being it is a very rapid form of sedation. Typically in about five minutes time the patient is feeling comfortable to start the procedure. As fast as the Nitrous Oxide enters the body it is also gone from the body. Once the procedure is done you will take a couple of breaths of pure oxygen and within five minutes you are feeling completely yourself and able to leave the office as you came in. Nitrous Oxide has also been known to eliminate or at least minimize a strong gag reflex. Nitrous Oxide is also non-allergenic and can be given to almost anyone.

Possible Side Effects of Nitrous Oxide Sedation:

Typically patients react really well to Nitrous Oxide with little to no side effects, however everyone reacts differently. Some patients may feel really sleepy where others feel an excitement feeling and are very giggly, hence the name “laughing gas”.

Nitrous Oxide may also make you feel light-headed and could be accompanied by some nausea or vomiting, though it is uncommon.  You should speak to your doctor to learn more if you have any questions or concerns.

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