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Using Nitrous Oxide for pediatric dentistry




The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation as safe and effective. Commonly known as "laughing gas", a combination of nitrogen and oxygen is administered to the patient with a fitted mask that goes over the child's nose.

This technique can:

  • Reduce or eliminate anxiety
  • Raise the pain threshold, making the child more comfortable during procedures
  • Increase tolerance for longer appointments
  • Reduce untoward movement and reaction to dental treatment
  • Reduce gagging

Nitrous oxide is a colorless and virtually odorless gas with a faint, sweet smell. Our dental assistant will have your child choose a bubble gum, cherry, banana or strawberry scent to help make the experience even more pleasant. 

Your child may feel:

  • Relaxed
  • Warm
  • Silly
  • Happy
  • Tingly in hands and feet
  • Heaviness or lightness
  • Sleepiness

Nitrous has a quick onset and is completely adjustable , so that the right dose is given for every child. Once the dental procedure is completed, it is reversed by having the child breath in oxygen for a couple of minutes. Motor skills and attention can be affected for as long as 15 minutes after you stop breathing nitrous oxide. After this, your child is fine to return to school.

As with any medical procedure, inform our office of medical conditions or allergies. Children with stuffy noses cannot receive nitrous oxide. Gas enters your lungs through nasal passages, so sinuses must be clear. Nitrous oxide is not recommended for children with certain lung conditions.