Nitrous Oxide for a positive and painless dental experience
Early experiences, in large part, determine your child’s attitude toward dental care throughout life. At Mona Dental for Kids in Spring, Texas, we may recommend nitrous oxide as a simple precaution to help reduce apprehensions and create a positive, painless experience that will help your child look forward to dental visits.
What is nitrous oxide dental sedation?
Nitrous oxide is a colorless gas, also known as laughing gas. While it has many other uses, it has played an essential role in medicine since the mid-1800s. In dentistry, mixing nitrous oxide with oxygen creates a light combination effect, both sedative and pain-reducing.
“Laughing gas” can be an excellent choice to help the patient relax physically and emotionally for procedures that take a little longer, such as a baby root canal or a large filling. It helps to take the ouch out of extractions or soft tissue procedures. Nitrous oxide can even be used for a child who is very nervous about routine cleaning and examination, helping to avoid dental phobia in adulthood.
What parents need to know about gas for children’s dentistry
- Nitrous oxide has no smell.
- It is inhaled through a mask over the child’s nose.
- The patient is not unconscious – just more relaxed and unconcerned about dental treatment.
- The child breathes normally, and we expect them to communicate and move around if necessary.
- Some numbing may still be required, depending on the treatment. However, N2O administered first virtually eliminates the sensation of needles.
- It takes effect after about only 5 minutes of breathing the gas.
- The influence of the gas wears off right away when the flow of nitrous oxide is stopped; plus, we will finish with a few minutes of oxygen.
- Your child’s wellbeing is carefully monitored throughout treatment.
- Our practice offers additional options for sedation dentistry, and we can arrange oral sedation that is a combination of laughing gas and oral medicine or general anesthesia to be administered on-site by an anesthesiologist if nitrous oxide is not suitable for your child.
Are you searching for a children’s dentist who offers laughing gas in Spring, TX? The team you know and trust at Mona Dental for Kids is at your service! We welcome new patients from Spring, TX, and nearby Tomball, Woodlands, Champions, or Conroe. Call us at (832) 662-3008 to schedule a comfortable, low-stress dental appointment for your child.