Nitrous oxide (also known as “laughing gas”) is one of the most common methods for dental sedation for kids. But if you’re interested in the benefits of laughing gas sedation for your little one, you still may have some questions. How does it work? What can your child expect from the process? Is it really safe? In this blog from Maple Grove Pediatric Dentistry, we’ll discuss all of the basics and answer the top five FAQs about nitrous oxide sedation for kids.
To begin the process, Dr. Matt will put a comfortable mask over your child’s nose. The mask will deliver a mixture of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oxygen to your child. Your child will simply breathe in through their nose when directed to do so by Dr. Matt. Once they do, the laughing gas will take effect almost immediately. This is a simple method to make the appointment easier for your child, and most kids do pretty well with it.
The best way to describe it is “floaty.” Nitrous oxide makes you feel a bit disconnected from what’s happening around you. Your child will feel more safe and comfortable, and will not pay as much attention to their dental procedure. It can even make kids and adults giggly, hence the term “laughing gas.”
Your child will remain fully conscious, too. They will be responsive to commands, and most will not fall asleep. This makes laughing gas an ideal choice for kids who may be nervous about dental care, and who need a little help staying comfortable during their treatment.
Absolutely. Laughing gas has been used in dentistry since the early 19th century, and it’s almost always the best choice for sedating children of all ages. However, we do take safety seriously at Maple Grove Pediatric Dentistry.
Because of this, we will meet with you to discuss your child’s medical history, medications they're taking, and other information that may be necessary to sedate them safely. And during their appointment, we will keep a close eye on your child to make sure that everything is going smoothly.
We offer laughing gas for every procedure we offer at Maple Grove Pediatric Dentistry. Whether your child is scared of getting a filling or they just need help staying comfortable during a routine teeth cleaning and oral exam, laughing gas may be a good choice. Just ask our team about your options for pediatric sedation, and we can take things from there.
Laughing gas has minimal side effects. It wears off within about five minutes once your child’s appointment at Maple Grove Pediatric Dentistry is over. Your child may feel a little bit confused, or groggy. Some kids may experience nausea and shivering.
However, these side effects don't last long, and are not dangerous in any way. And at our office, Dr. Matt uses the latest sedation guidelines and techniques to ensure safe sedation and minimize side effects after their procedure.
If you think that your child could benefit from pediatric dental sedation in Maple Grove, MN, Dr. Matt and the team at Maple Grove Pediatric Dentistry are here to help. We offer sedation and expert dental care in a judgment-free, kid-friendly environment.
So don’t wait. See the difference for yourself. You can schedule your little one’s first appointment online or give us a call at (763) 390-8575. Dr. Matt is always accepting new patients in Maple Grove, and we look forward to meeting you and your family.