Nitrous oxide, often referred to as "laughing gas," is a colorless and odorless gas that has been used in dental procedures for many years. It is a safe and mild sedative that helps children feel more relaxed and comfortable during their treatment.
How Does Nitrous Oxide Work?
When administered through a mask placed over the nose, nitrous oxide combines with oxygen to create a calming effect on the body. The gas quickly enters the bloodstream and travels to the brain, where it interacts with certain receptors. By targeting specific neurotransmitters in the brain, nitrous oxide helps reduce anxiety and pain perception. It produces feelings of euphoria and relaxation, hence why it's often called laughing gas. This makes it easier for children to tolerate dental treatments without fear or discomfort.
Benefits of Using Nitrous Oxide for Children
- Nitrous oxide helps to alleviate anxiety and fear in children. Many kids feel anxious or scared when visiting the dentist due to unfamiliar surroundings and the potential discomfort associated with dental treatments. Nitrous oxide can help relax your child, making them more comfortable during their procedure.
- Additionally, nitrous oxide has a rapid onset and offset time. This means that its effects are quickly felt once administered and wear off shortly after treatment ends. Unlike other forms of sedation, there is no prolonged recovery period required when using nitrous oxide.
- Another advantage of nitrous oxide is its ability to be easily adjusted by the dentist during treatment. The level of sedation can be tailored to suit your child's specific needs - whether they require minimal relaxation or deeper sedation for complex procedures.
- Using nitrous oxide does not require any needles or injections, which can be particularly appealing to children who may have a fear of needles or experience needle phobia.
If your child is scheduled for a procedure that requires nitrous oxide sedation, contact Dental Care for Kids at 3235 N Towerbridge Way Suite #200, Meridian, ID 83646, or call (208) 888-7711. Our dentist will be able to explain any options to you in more detail and help you make the best decision for your child's unique circumstances.