Nitrous Oxide Sedation & Pediatric Laughing Gas Dentistry

One of the most common ways to ease a child’s anxiety and to relax them for their dental treatment is from Nitrous Oxide Sedation. This is commonly referred to as pediatric laughing gas and is the most popular sedation method in dentistry. It is recommended for children who need small amounts of dental treatment.

Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. This sedation method is administered through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose. This allows your child to relax, but without putting them to sleep. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry identifies this sedation method as a very safe and effective technique to use for treating children’s dental needs. The nitrous oxide gas is mild, and this sedation is easily taken and non-addictive. The gas is also quickly eliminated from the body with normal breathing. While inhaling the pediatric laughing gas, your child will remain fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes

Below are a few side effects your child may feel when receiving the nitrous oxide sedation:
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  • A warm euphoric feeling
  • Lightheadedness
  • Floating or tingling in the limbs
  • Possible sleepiness
  • Giggling and funny feeling

If your child feels discomfort or has an adverse reaction from the nitrous oxide sedation, it can easily be reversed. Dr. Stettler and his highly qualified staff at Kids Rock Pediatric Dentistry will adjust the percentage of nitrous oxide being administered.

You will see that your child will have no lasting side effects when taking this sedation method. After the procedure, you child can resume day-to-day activities as normal.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this form of sedation, please feel free to call our office at (719) 424-4668. We will be happy to answer any and all questions.