Is Laughing Gas at a Pediatric Dentist Safe? | Tucson, AZ

Is Laughing Gas at a Pediatric Dentist Safe?

When you take your child to a pediatric dentist, one of the top priorities is to make sure that your child is comfortable. In some cases, this means that sedation might be necessary, especially if for a major procedure. Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) is a safe and effective way to make a patient feel relaxed before a dental procedure.

Laughing Gas: How is it Administered?

A pediatric dentist will administer laughing gas by placing a small nose mask over the nose before the procedure starts. The gas that comes out of the mask helps the child to stay relaxed and calm throughout the appointment, which helps both the dentist and the child.

Laughing Gas Information

The majority of children are able to tolerate laughing gas without any side effects, but some do experience “stomach butterflies”. This product does not create an allergic reaction and it kicks in very quickly. Therefore, your child does not have to inhale much of the gas to reach a state of relaxation. The dose can be adjusted very quickly as well, depending on how your child reacts. Your child will be awake and alert the entire time. Our doctors will administer oxygen when the treatment is done. This allows the effects of laughing gas to wear off almost immediately so the child is ready to go home right after their appointment is done.

Tucson Dentist

Laughing gas is an excellent oral sedation option for nervous or anxious patients. Our dentists, Drs. Kedar Lele and Angela Wolfman, are both Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. They specialize in dental care of infants, children, and teens. It is our priority to make your little one feel comfortable! Contact us at (520)325-4746 for any questions and to schedule your appointment today.

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