Is Nitrous Oxide Safe for Kids?

October 9, 2018

Most children are calm, comfortable and pain-feee in our pediatric dental offices! Sometimes, however, a child feels anxious during treatment. If the sights, sounds or sensations of dental treatment worry your child, they may respond more positively with the use of nitrous oxide.

What is nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide administered in a dental office is a safe blend of two gases – oxygen and nitrous oxide. When inhaled, it is absorbed by the body and has a calming effect. Normal breathing eliminates nitrous oxide from the body.

How will my child feel when breathing nitrous oxide?

We’ll give your child the opportunity to choose a scent or “flavor” of air to breathe. Your child will smell the “flavored air” and experience a sense of well-being and relaxation.

How safe is nitrous oxide for my child?

Very safe! Nitrous oxide is perhaps the safest sedative in dentistry. It is not addictive. It is mild, easily taken and then quickly eliminated by the body. Your child remains fully conscious, and keeps all natural reflexes, when breathing nitrous oxide.

Still, our doctors know that not all children are alike. Every service is tailored to your child as an individual. And nitrous oxide is not effective for some children, especially those who have severe anxiety, nasal congestion or extensive treatment needs.

If you have any doubts about nitrous oxide for your child, don’t be afraid to ask. Call any of our offices today and we’ll be happy to discuss your concerns!

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