More commonly known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a combination of nitrogen and oxygen. The two gases are administered in carefully controlled amounts through a small mask that rests over the patient’s nose.
Laughing gas has been used for decades in dentistry. How does it safely work for kids?
What Happens at the Appointment
The team will explain things as simply as possible for your child. Before any work is done, your son or daughter will be comfortably breathing in the combination of gases and feeling very relaxed. A local anesthetic may then be given, if needed for the procedure. Once treatment is over, the nitrogen is switched off. Your child will leave the office with no side-effects.
Training is Essential
As with any other anesthesia technique, there is a measure of risk connected to the use of laughing gas. This risk is very minimal when the dental team is well trained and licensed. As long as the dental team is properly educated and experienced in the technique, then you can trust that the procedure will be safe.
If a little sedation would help your child relax in the dental chair, then nitrous oxide could do the trick. Discuss the matter with your primary dentist. If the office has not been set up to accommodate the unique needs of children, then your dentist will refer you to a qualified pediatric dentist.
Wishing you all the best in your efforts to find the perfect dental care for your family!
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Southern Charm Dental
7119 FM 1464 #312
Richmond, TX 77407
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