Nitrous Oxide (“Laughing Gas”): Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as “laughing gas”, is a safe and effective technique to help calm a child's fear of the dental visit. When inhaled, “laughing gas” is absorbed by the body and has a calming effect. Your child will smell a sweet, pleasant aroma and experience a sense of well-being and relaxation. If your child is worried by the sights, sounds, or sensations of dental treatment, he or she may respond more positively with the use of nitrous oxide.
“Laughing gas” is very safe and not addictive. While inhaling nitrous oxide, your child remains fully conscience, keeps all natural reflexes, and is aware of his/her surroundings. Nitrous oxide is eliminated from the body within 3 to 5 minutes after the nitrous oxide supply is stopped.
Sometimes, nausea or vomiting may occur if your child has a full stomach. We recommend giving little or no food to your child 2-3 hours prior to the dental visit. Nitrous oxide does not always work for everyone and Dr. Hannah will discuss with you whether or not it is recommended for your child.