Nitrous oxide, also known as ‘magic gas’, ‘silly air’ or ‘laughing gas’ is a safe, mild sedative that will help your child relax during their dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is given through a mask which is placed over the child’s nose and will remain in place until the treatment is complete. Your child will be asked to breathe through the nose, not the mouth. We make sure to monitor their breathing throughout treatment.
Your child usually remains awake during the treatment, but on occasion children do fall asleep. When the procedure is complete, the nitrous oxide will be turned off and your child will breath in oxygen for about 5 minutes to clear out any remaining gas. This technique is recognized by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry to be very effective and safe.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding nitrous oxide, please don’t hesitate to ask or call for an appointment.