Nitrous oxide is a preferred method for many pediatric dentists because it’s safe and effects are almost instantaneous, and it only takes a few minutes to clear out of their systems once the treatment is over. Dr. Sonia sequences treatment steps from easiest things to harder treatments so your child will gain confidence.
What is nitrous oxide?
Nitrous oxide is a colorless gas with a slightly sweet smell that acts on your child’s nervous system to reduce pain and anxiety while in dental chair. Most people call it “laughing gas.” It acts very quickly and doesn’t put your child to sleep, but it can make them feel a little giddy.
Is nitrous oxide safe?
Unlike other sedatives, nitrous oxide does not affect your child’s reflexes, and therefore is considered very safe. Nitrous oxide can be used at any time to improve your child’s dental experience without any need for special preparation. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, nitrous has not caused any illnesses, but the dentist will review your child’s medical history to assess safety and proper use of the gas.
Does my child need to fast before getting nitrous oxide?
Unlike other methods of sedation, your child does not need to fast before receiving nitrous oxide. However, we suggest your child refrain from eating 2 hours before treatment and keep the last meal light to reduce the risk of nausea and vomiting.