Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
If your child would rather endure the pain of a toothache over the experience of visiting your dentist for a cleaning or a procedure, we may have the answer for you. At Dentistry for Children, we use nitrous oxide, also known as sweet air, to help our patients relax during their visit. This is minimal sedation and your child will be awake during their entire visit but be spared from physical discomfort or stress that may come with dental work. Nitrous sedation is entirely safe and has been proven to be an effective, useful tool in dentistry for several decades.
Nitrous oxide/oxygen is not effective for some children, especially those who have severe anxiety; nasal congestion, extensive treatment needs, or discomfort wearing a nasal mask. Our doctors have comprehensive specialty training and can offer other sedation methods that may be right for your child.