Some children are given nitrous oxide/oxygen, or what you may know as laughing gas, to relax them for their dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose, allowing them to relax, but without putting them to sleep. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique to use for treating children’s dental needs. The gas is mild, easily taken, then with normal breathing, it is quickly eliminated from the body. It is non-addictive. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes.
Prior to your appointment:
- Please inform us of any change to your child’s health and/or medical condition.
- Tell us about any respiratory condition that makes breathing through the nose difficult for your child. It may limit the effectiveness of the nitrous oxide/oxygen.
- Let us know if your child is taking any medication on the day of the appointment. This includes prescribed, over-the-counter, or herbal medications.
Some patients are not manageable in an office setting. For children with special needs we use Sanford's Outpatient Surgery Center and dental services are completed while the child is asleep under general anesthesia. If this is a consideration for your child we will thoroughly discuss the procedures, risks, alternatives and goals.
Our office will meet or exceed infection control policies outlined by the American Dental Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and OSHA.