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Nitrous Oxide: Laughing Gas

Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as “laughing gas” is the mildest form of sedation that we use during dental procedures. For this reason, it is very commonly used with children. The ratio of nitrous oxide to oxygen is about 30% to 70%, so the effect is very gentle.

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Nitrous Oxide is safe to use during treatment and is eliminated from the body quickly after the gas is turned off.  Nitrous Oxide helps to ease patient’s fears so as to help them relax during their visit, and to receive dental treatment in a comfortable and safe manner. Typically delivered through a mask over the nose, nitrous oxide is mixed directly with oxygen and delivered as the patient breathes in and out regularly.  As the patient begins to breathe normally, the gas begins to take effect, the child will become more relaxed and less nervous.

Does your child qualify?

As a parent, we know you are concern about the safety of your child. Like we said before, Nitrous Oxide is safe to use during treatment and is eliminated from the body quickly after the gas is turned off. Yes, your child does qualify for it. During your child's dental visit, we will inform you (the parent) and keep you updated about what is going on with your child during their dental visit

 

 

Dr. Nestor D'Alessandria

Pediatric Dentist