Laughing Gas (Nitrous Oxide)
At Sprout Kids Dentistry, we offer nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas to help children feel comfortable during their dental treatments.
What is Laughing Gas?
Laughing gas is a mixture of nitrogen and oxygen. It is administered to the child using a facemask that goes over the nose. After the mask is in place, your child will smell a sweet smell and begin to feel relaxed or giddy. It works by raising the pain threshold, which makes a patient more comfortable during a procedure. After the dental treatment is over, we will give your child pure oxygen to reverse the effects of the laughing gas. This should take 5-10 minutes.
What are the Benefits of Laughing Gas?
Laughing gas is used because it is a safe and effective option to help relax children who are anxious about their dental procedure. Laughing gas also reduces the gag reflex, which can help for children who feel as if they are going to throw up during treatment. It is very safe and can be reversed quickly with pure oxygen if needed. Afterwards, children are free to return to daily activities without feeling any side-effects.
If you would like more information regarding laughing gas and local anesthesia at our office, contact us today! We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.