Nitrous oxide/oxygen or commonly known as “laughing gas” is used very commonly in pediatric dentistry to help the patient relax while receiving dental care. 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. It is easily taken by normal breathing and is eliminated easily when we exhale.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation as a safe and effective technique to reduce anxiety, produce analgesia, and enhance effective communication between a patient and health care provider. Nitrous oxide is a colorless and virtually odorless gas with a faint, sweet smell. It is very safe, it is non-addictive and has no effect on respiratory system, while on the gas the child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes.
Prior to your Appointment with Nitrous Oxide/oxygen:
- Please inform us of any change to your child’s health/medical condition and let us know if your child is taking any medication on the day of the appointment
- Tell us of any respiratory condition that might interfere with nose breathing, this may limit the effectiveness of the nitrous oxide/oxygen.