Using Nitrous Oxide in Pediatric Dentistry: A Safe and Effective Solution for Children’s Dental Treatment

Using Nitrous Oxide in Pediatric Dentistry: A Safe and Effective Solution for Children's Dental Treatment

Dental treatments can be a scary experience for children, and it can be challenging for parents to find ways to make the experience less stressful. One solution that many pediatric dentists use is sedation dentistry (nitrous oxide), commonly known as laughing gas. In this blog post, we will discuss what nitrous oxide is, its safety for kids, and common treatments where it is used in pediatric dentistry.


What is Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is commonly used in dental procedures to help children feel more relaxed and comfortable. The gas is mixed with oxygen and delivered through a small mask that fits over the child’s nose. The gas is easily adjustable, so the dentist can increase or decrease the amount of nitrous oxide as needed to keep the child calm and comfortable.

Is Nitrous Oxide Safe for Kids?

Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective way to help children relax during dental treatments. The gas has been used in dentistry for over 100 years and is still used today because of its safety and effectiveness. Nitrous oxide is not addictive, and it does not cause any long-term effects. It wears off quickly after the procedure is over, and the child can go home without feeling groggy or nauseous.

Common Treatments where Nitrous Oxide is Used in Pediatric Dentistry

Nitrous oxide can be used for a variety of dental treatments, including:

Fillings: Nitrous oxide can help children feel more comfortable during the filling process, which can be uncomfortable and scary.

Extractions: Nitrous oxide can help children relax during tooth extractions, which can be a painful and frightening experience.

Cleanings: Nitrous oxide can help children feel more comfortable during routine cleanings, which can be uncomfortable for children who have sensitive teeth or gums.

Crowns: Nitrous oxide can help children feel more comfortable during crown procedures, which can be a lengthy and uncomfortable process.

Why Choose Kenmore Pediatric Dentistry for Your Child's Dental Care?

At Kenmore Pediatric Dentistry, our team of experienced and compassionate pediatric dentists understand for most children, visiting the dentist is a routine experience that they handle calmly, even during minimally invasive procedures. However, in some cases, more complex or invasive dental procedures are necessary to maintain a child’s oral health. In such cases, may recommend dental sedation or anesthesia to ensure the child’s comfort and safety throughout the treatment.

Dr. Laura recognizes that sedation is not a one-size-fits-all service and will discuss options with parents before the child’s upcoming appointment. Together, they will determine the best choice for the child and the procedure at hand. While Dr. Laura always focuses on prevention, sometimes more invasive procedures are necessary to maintain a child’s oral health, and sedation can help ensure the experience is as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
If you have questions about dental care for your child, we encourage you to contact us today or click here to schedule a consultation.