Nitrous Oxide / Laughing Gas West Village
If you are looking for a trusted pediatric dentist who can administer nitrous oxide or laughing gas for children in West Village, you’ve come to the right place. While many visits and children may not need any type of anesthesia, there are times when it is very beneficial to the child and even parent. Laughing gas is used safely and effectively every day by patients of all ages.
What is Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide is also known as “laughing gas” or “happy gas”. It is a colorless gas that can have a faint, sweet smell. The reason for “laughing” or “happy” gas is because it creates a sense of euphoria that can be accompanied with giggles. Nitrous oxide can be used for patients of all ages. Many toddlers receive nitrous oxide for any of the following reasons:
- Reduce anxiety on their visit
- Reduce physical discomfort
- Keep the child sitting still
- Reduce gag reflex
- Reduce pain during treatment. If pain is of concern a local anesthetic will be used as well
- Overall cooperation and treatment can be done quickly and efficiently
The onset of nitrous oxide is felt almost immediately. Your child will wear a nasal mask and should be relaxed within a minute or two. The other great thing about nitrous oxide is that the effects can also be reversed almost instantly. This means you and your child can go back to your day.
Is Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) Safe for Children?
Expert use of nitrous oxide is safe to use in children with no long-term effects from occasional use. “The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes the use of nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation as a safe and effective technique to reduce anxiety, produce analgesia, and enhance effective communication between a patient and health care provider.” Taking place in only .5% of patients, nausea and vomiting are the most common adverse effects according to the AAPD. During treatment your child’s respiratory rate, nitrous oxide percentage and responsiveness are all monitored.