What is Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous sedation is ideal for patients who want to be relaxed and calm during their dental appointments. This type of sedative is safe, effective and can be used for patients of all ages. The process of administering nitrous oxide is easy and quick, and the effects wear off quickly once the procedure has been completed. We often recommend nitrous oxide to patients who are nervous or scared of their upcoming treatment or who have trouble sitting still when work is being done.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes 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.
Why is Nitrous Sedation needed?
There are a few reasons for why you might want to choose nitrous oxide sedation for your child. The most common reason for wanting it is because your child could be afraid, nervous or downright panicked because of the work being done. Your child might benefit from this type of sedative if they are unable to sit still for long periods of time. This sedative option is ideal for patients who want to benefit from some type of sedation without necessarily being asleep for the procedure.
What makes your child a candidate for a Nitrous sedation?
Most of our patients are good candidates for nitrous oxide sedation. We will review your child’s health and medical history to determine if and when they’d benefit from sedation. You can request nitrous oxide for your child at virtually any time while in our office. We will be happy to meet your needs when coming in to have work done.
What happens during the Nitrous sedation process?
Nitrous oxide is a relatively simple sedative that can work wonders when it comes to calming your child down and relaxing them. We will place a small mask over your child’s nose and instruct them to breathe in. The sweet-smelling gas will begin to work almost immediately, relaxing and calming your child while we begin the actual procedure. Once the mask is removed, the effects wear off relatively quickly.
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