Laughing gas, also known as nitrous oxide, is the most popular form of dental sedation. There’s a good reason for that: It’s safe and effective for patients of all ages.
Laughing gas is a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. When inhaled it produces a calming effect on the patient.
Here's what you need to know about this mild form of dental sedation and why it's safe for your child.
What is Laughing Gas?
Laughing gas is a form of sedation that your child will inhale through the nose. We can use it for a range of dental procedures, from teeth cleanings to fillings. But some procedures will still need local anesthesia to manage pain.
If your child has a history of anxiety, we may recommend laughing gas to help them relax in the dentist's chair.
We administer laughing gas via a mask we place over your child’s nose. This mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen works fast to put your child at ease.
Unlike other types of sedation, your child will be able to return to school after their visit. The calming effects of laughing gas wear off almost immediately after we remove the mask.
Different From Sleep Dentistry
Laughing gas is different from sleep dentistry. This is because your child will be awake and aware during the procedure. Your child will also be able to cooperate with our dentist and his team. For example, Dr. Yun may need your child to tilt their head so he can better access a tooth.
No Side Effects
When administered properly, there are virtually no side effects to laughing gas, which makes it safe for patients of all ages. In fact, adults who get laughing gas are able to drive themselves home or return to work.
This is different from pill and IV sedation, which requires you to keep your child home afterward. That way, you're able to watch out for any adverse side effects.
With laughing gas, you don’t have to worry about any complications.
Reduces Dental Anxiety
Your child’s early years are crucial for forming good impressions. The more dental anxiety or fear your child experiences, the less likely they'll see a dentist as an adult.
This is why we offer dental sedation in the form of laughing gas.
Laughing gas will help your child stay calm while receiving pediatric dental care.
Many peoplebecause they fear losing control. Since your child will be awake and aware during their appointment, they’ll feel more in control.
Request an Appointment With Dr. Yun
Dr. Suk Jun Yun is an experienced family dentist in Grand Rapids, MI. As such, he would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about laughing gas for your child.
Ready to schedule your child's next appointment with us? Call the NorthPointe Family Dental & Implant Center at (616) 288-6134. We hope we hear from you soon!
This blog post has been updated.