Nitrous oxide or laughing gas, is a very safe and effective technique to reduce anxiety and help to reduce discomfort/increase comfort during dental procedures, as well as reduce a significant gag reflex that can interfere with tolerance of dental procedures. Nitrous oxide is a very mild, gas-inhaled sedative. Children are still fully awake and responsive, able to communicate verbally with our doctors and team during the procedure while utilizing nitrous oxide. Our team is very skilled at introducing the “laughing gas”, or “happy air,” as we call it, helping children to feel comfortable with the feel of the nose and the air flowing through it. Our patients have the option to choose a fun flavor/scent to smell during the procedure, which helps them to focus on utilizing the nitrous oxide and increase the fun factor of their experience!
Nitrous oxide is reversible with administration of 100 % oxygen following completing of the dental treatment and nitrous oxide administration. It is well tolerated and safe for most pediatric patients. Our doctors will discuss whether nitrous oxide would be indicated for your child during their dental procedure.