If your child is having a dental procedure, our children’s dentists might recommend laughing gas as a way to manage pain and keep your child calm. Laughing gas, also known as nitrous oxide, is one of the most popular forms of sedation dentistry on the market.
Nitrous oxide produces a calming effect that can help patients of all ages have a comfortable dental experience. Here’s what you need to know about laughing gas for your child.
What Is Nitrous Oxide?
Laughing gas is a form of sedation that is inhaled through the nose. It can be used for a range of dental procedures, from teeth cleanings to fillings. However, some procedures will still require local anesthesia to manage pain. If your child has a history of dental anxiety, laughing gas may be used to help your child relax while receiving dental care.
We administer laughing gas via a mask we place over your child’s nose. This mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen works quickly to put your child at ease. Likewise, the calming effects of laughing gas wear off almost immediately after we remove the mask. Unlike other types of sedation dentistry, your child will be able to return to school after their appointment.
Laughing gas is different from sleep dentistry because your child will be awake and aware during the procedure. This means that your child will be able to cooperate if our dentists need your child to open their mouth wider or tilt their head to access a tooth. Our laughing gas dentists have the necessary training and experience to use during dental procedures.
There are no side effects to laughing gas, which makes it perfectly safe for patients of all ages. In fact, adults who are given laughing gas are able to drive themselves home or return to work. Other types of(like pill sedation) require you keep your child home from school and monitor them for the rest of the day for adverse side effects. With laughing gas, you don’t have to worry about any complications.
Reduces Fear and Discomfort
Children with dental anxiety require special care so they can maintain healthy smiles and learn oral hygiene habits that will last a lifetime. The more anxiety your child feels about going to the dentist, the less likely they’ll continue to practice good dental care into adulthood.
We understand that your child’s early years are crucial for forming good impressions, which is why we offer dental sedation in the form of laughing gas. Laughing gas will help your child stay calm while receiving pediatric dental care.
We know from experience that many people fear the dentist because they fear losing control. Since your child will be awake and aware while being administered laughing gas, they’ll feel more in control of their treatment.
If you have any questions about laughing gas, don’t hesitate to call our office. We’re always more than happy to answer any questions you might have about your children’s dental care.
Our children’s dentists in Jenison, MI, know that the dentist can be scary. Nitrous oxide is a safe way to manage dental anxiety in children. To schedule your next appointment with Drs. McMahon and McMahon, call McMahon Family Dental at (616) 457-2710.