Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide

Some children are given nitrous oxide or what you may know as laughing gas, to relax them for their dental procedures.  Nitrous oxide/and oxygen are combination of two gases and is giving through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose.  This will allow them to relax without putting them to sleep.  The AmericanAcademy of Pediatric dentistry (AAPD) recognizes this technique to be very safe and effective technique to use for treating children’s dental needs.  The gas is mild and quickly eliminated from the body.  It is non-addictive.  While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, your child remains fully conscious and has all natural reflexes intact.

Prior to your appointment:

Please inform us of any change in your child’s health and/or medical condition.  Or, if     he/she is taking any medication prior to appointment.

Tell us about any respiratory conditions that make breathing through the nose difficult for your child.  It may limit the effectiveness of the nitrous oxide/oxygen.

Please do not allow your child to eat 2 hours before appointment to prevent vomiting during procedure.