Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is used in dentistry reduce mild anxiety and gagging in children and make long appointments easier. The child breathes the gas through a mask placed on his or her nose and remains fully conscious and responsive throughout treatment. Recovery after treatment is rapid and complete.
When delivered by trained professionals, laughing gas is one of the safest sedatives in dentistry. Laughing gas is non-addictive, non-allergenic and very well tolerated. The effects of laughing gas wear off within minutes of removal.
It is recommended that your child doesn't eat or drink for 6 hrs prior to nitrous oxide administration. For this reason, we recommend early morning appointments.
Let your doctor know if your child had any medication the morning of the treatment.
Unfortunately, laughing gas works best with mild to moderate anxiety levels. With some coaching from the Dentist and staff we may be able to treat your child or we may need to consider general anesthetic.