Is your child always afraid of going to the dentist, or do they need to sit through a long procedure but are apprehensive about it? Claudia Rodriguez, DDS, and her team at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Hollywood, Florida, use laughing gas as a way to soothe anxiety and relax your child to ensure they stay at ease. Learn more about the benefits of laughing gas by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.
Otherwise known as nitrous oxide (N₂O), laughing gas refers to a mild sedative that helps patients manage stress and anxiety during routine and more extensive dental treatments.
Laughing gas is colorless and odorless, and your dentist administers it through a small mask that they place over your child’s nose. Your child breathes normally until they feel its effect. This typically takes a few minutes.
Laughing gas is designed to calm down the nervous system, ultimately making your child less inhibited and more receptive to treatment — but it won’t necessarily make them laugh. They’ll feel a bit light-headed, tingly, or perhaps heaviness in their legs and arms.
Your dentist at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry might recommend laughing gas if your child:
Your dentist at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry never decides on laughing gas as a sedative without speaking to you first. The end goal is to make your child as comfortable as possible.
Many dentists choose laughing gas as a sedation solution because it’s safe and effective, and because it poses little to no health risks.
Laughing gas does not put you to sleep. Your child will be fully conscious and able to respond and hear their dentist’s questions or instructions during the appointment.
In some cases, if your child inhales the laughing gas too quickly or if they receive too much of it, they may experience some of the following symptoms:
Once your provider at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry stops administering laughing gas, they make sure your child receives oxygen for at least five minutes to ensure that none of these side effects occurs.
Oxygen cleans the system of any remaining laughing gas so you and your child can go back to your daily activities in no time.
The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry states that laughing gas is generally an acceptable sedation solution for children. In fact, most children show enthusiasm for laughing gas because of the effects it produces.
They enjoy the tingling and warming sensation it provokes, making children more receptive to treatment as a result.
In some cases, however, laughing gas can make your child nauseous, or they may have trouble wearing the mask. Always feel comfortable discussing what your sedation options are with your dentist at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry.
Get in touch with Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry by phone or through the online booking tool today if you’d like to learn more about the uses and benefits of laughing gas.