A dark haired boy with a mask over his nose receiving nitrous oxide sedation in the dental chair

Is Laughing Gas Safe for Kids?

August 21, 2020 9:59 pm Published by

If your child is totally freaked out by the dentist, there are some things we can do to help. It’s very common for children to have dental phobias and anxieties. By bringing your children to a pediatric dentist, you’ve got access to some fantastic tools to deal with those fears.

Laughing Gas

Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, is not only safe for children, but it’s probably the most common and accessible form of sedation for young patients! Nitrous oxide is administered through a mask during the procedure. The mask only covers the child’s nose so the dentist can still work on their teeth. The effects are mild, and help kids feel relaxed while still being aware of what’s going on. Once the mask is off, the effects of the gas quickly begin to wear off.

Oral Conscious Sedation

If your child needs more than just laughing gas, oral conscious sedation is the next step up. This option involves taking a pill before the procedure that will leave them relaxed and free of anxiety. This is often recommended for kids who are younger and can’t sit still or follow directions during their procedure. While this pill doesn’t put them to sleep necessarily, kids often become drowsy and doze off during the procedure.

General Anesthesia

Lastly, we have general anesthesia. Generally used for more extensive procedures, this form of sedation will leave the patient unconscious for the duration of the procedure. Such procedures are performed as an outpatient procedure in a hospital or facility that is equipped to perform general anesthesia.

Children’s Sedation Dentistry in Pleasanton, TX

If you think your child would benefit from sedation during their dental visit, please consult with our dentists at Pleasanton Children’s Dentistry. We can help you determine which option is ultimately the best fit. Give us a call or click the link below to set up a consultation.

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