Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide/oxygen, or what you may know as laughing gas, is used to help the child relax for their dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose, allowing them to relax, but without putting them to sleep. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique to use for treating children’s dental care needs.

The objectives of nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation include:

  • reduce or eliminate anxiety;
  • reduce untoward movement and reaction to dental treatment;
  • enhance communication and patient cooperation;
  • raise the pain reaction threshold;
  • increase tolerance for longer appointments;
  • aid in treatment of the mentally/physically disabled or medically compromised patient;
  • reduce gagging;
  • potentiate the effect of sedatives.

For more information go to AAPD.ORG

Preparing for your Nitrous Oxide appointment:

  • Restrict your child from eating and drinking, 3hrs prior to their scheduled appointment.
  • Please inform our team of any change to your child’s health/medical condition and/or there is any medical conditions that make breathing through the nose difficult.

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