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Nitrous Oxide

By Brianne Jones, RDH - July 16, 2019

Laughing Gas!

Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax.

Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is one option your pediatric dentist may offer to help your child feel more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put them to sleep. Your child will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have. Your kids dentist will ask your child to breathe normally through their nose, and within a few short minutes they will/should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. Your child may feel light-headed or a tingling in their arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, they should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed and pure oxygen is administered following the procedure.

If you have any questions regarding nitrous oxide, please contact us or another pediatric/kids dentist at any time!

Colorado Children's Dental Center