Nitrous oxide is perfectly safe for kids! Nitrous oxide is commonly known as “laughing gas,” and it is an effective form of mild sedation which is extremely helpful in pediatric dentistry. There are a few considerations, however, which you as your son or daughter’s parent can help out with.
How Nitrous Oxide Works
Nitrous oxide is combined with oxygen and administered in a steady flow through a small mask that fits over your child’s nose. The gas is safe, and when the procedure is over, it is flushed from your child’s body with clean oxygen. It leaves no lingering effects.
Laughing gas works by relaxing your child’s body and easing any anxiety they may have. He or she will remain conscious and responsive throughout the entire procedure, but they will not feel discomfort during the treatment because the gas raises the pain-threshold. In fact, the gas may even make your child feel silly and giggly. This can help them to have a pleasant memory of their dental visit.
Will Your Child Feel Comfortable With the Process of Inhaling the Gas?
Because administration of nitrous oxide requires the use of a nose mask, your son or daughter has to be ok with wearing it and breathing through their nose, alone, when directed. If your child is too young to comprehend the directions, then you may need to discuss other options.
Also, if your child has a stuffy nose on the day of the appointment or has a medical condition that makes breathing through the nose difficult, then your dentist will talk about other ways of alleviating dental anxiety.
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