Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry – Nitrous

What is Nitrous?

Nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas, has long been used in the dental field to calm patients and make procedures more bearable. We use nitrous oxide because it is incredibly safe, effective and helpful in treating children. This sedative puts your child into a relaxed and slightly dissociated state, which allows them to feel more comfortable during their treatment. It is especially beneficial for kids who have severe anxiety or those who are undergoing more invasive procedures.

Why might Nitrous be needed?

Children who show extreme fear and anxiety in the dental office will benefit greatly from nitrous oxide. Because this sedative option is safe, you can feel comfortable with your child receiving it. Children who are undergoing more complicated procedures, like multiple extractions, can benefit from nitrous as well. We can work with you and your child to determine if nitrous is right for them.

What makes your child a good candidate for Nitrous?

Most children are good candidates for nitrous sedation. One exception would be if your child currently has a stuffy nose and cold. If your child is unable to breathe in the gas, it will not work for them. We can have a consultation prior to your child’s procedure to determine if they’re a good candidate for this particular option.

What happens during treatment using Nitrous?

Your child will be seated comfortably in our office. They can pick a scent that they like, such as grape, bubblegum and strawberry that is added to the nitrous oxide. A small mask is placed over your child’s nose and they will be instructed to breathe normally. The gas is administered and will take full effect in about five minutes. The reason nitrous oxide is considered safe is because once the mask is removed, your child will fully wake up from their deeply relaxed state in roughly five to ten minutes. Nitrous oxide can be just as beneficial for children who may find it difficult to stay still while having dental work done.

If you think your child might benefit from nitrous sedation, call our office today and we will help to answer any of your questions.