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Is Nitrous Oxide Safe in Pediatric Dentistry?

Posted on 7/20/2016 by Cynthia Pelley
A young girl suffering from dental anxiety.If your child feels anxious about going to the dentist, a pediatric dentistry office is the best place for him.

The staff members employed here are trained to care for young children and will know what to do to ease their anxiety.

However, if your child does need more than the gentle and caring interactions they receive from staff, nitrous oxide can be a safe way to help them feel more comfortable.

What is Nitrous Oxide?

You may be more familiar with the term laughing gas than nitrous oxide. This sedation dentistry option is given to your child via a mask placed over his nose, and after the treatment has ended, it is eliminated from the body quickly.

This gas will help your child to feel a sense of relaxation, well-being, and even giddiness. It can raise the pain threshold while also making time seem to pass quickly.

Nitrous oxide is the safest sedation option in dentistry, and it is well-tolerated. Your child will still be completely conscious and will retain all of his natural reflexes. He'll be able to follow instructions and interact with you and his dentist.

How Should You Prepare for Nitrous Oxide?

If your child has a dental appointment coming up and you know that nitrous oxide will be used, there are a few things that you can do to prepare.

You shouldn't give him any food in the two hours before the appointment, and you should also make sure that your dentist knows if your child is suffering from any condition in which breathing through the nose might be difficult. If your child is taking any medications, this is also something that you'll want to report to your pediatric dentist.

Do you think that nitrous oxide might be a good option for your child? Contact our office today.

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