Nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas,” is a widely used and safe method of sedation in pediatric dentistry. This colorless and odorless gas is administered through a mask placed over the child’s nose, allowing them to breathe it in during the dental procedure. Nitrous oxide induces a state of mild relaxation and reduced anxiety, helping children feel more at ease while remaining conscious and responsive. It has a quick onset and wears off rapidly once the gas supply is stopped. This makes it an ideal option for children who experience dental anxiety or have a low tolerance for more invasive procedures. Nitrous oxide is carefully controlled by the dental team to ensure the child’s comfort and safety throughout the treatment. Its effectiveness in creating a calm and positive dental experience for young patients has made it a valuable tool in pediatric dentistry.
Prior to your nitrous oxide appointment, your child will need to be fasted for 2 hours (no food or liquids). Your child can return to their normal daily activities/school if they feel up to it.