Dental Sedation For Children

Nitrous Oxygen (Laughing Gas)

What is Nitrous Oxygen (Laughing Gas)?

Nitrous Oxide is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas that you can breathe.

Nitrous Oxide has been the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years. Nitrous oxide is extremely safe as the child patient typically receives approximately 50% oxygen in addition to the nitrous oxide.

Your child will be able to breathe on his/her own, will remain in control of all bodily functions and will be able to communicate verbally.

There are many advantages to using Nitrous Oxide

  • The depth of sedation can be altered at any time to increase or decrease sedation.
  • There is no after effect such as a "hangover".
  • Inhalation sedation is safe with no side effects on your heart and lungs, etc.
  • Inhalation sedation is very effective in minimizing gagging.
  • It works rapidly as it reaches the brain within 20 seconds. In as little as 2-3 minutes its relaxation and pain killing properties develop.

General Anesthesia for Children

In very rare cases, general anesthesia is sometimes necessary for children that are unable, by either age or maturity level, to cooperate during dental treatment.

Our doctors and staff will discuss all treatment options with you and make recommendations as to what is the best modality to treat your child while keeping them safe and comfortable.