N2O or Laughing Gas

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Helping Children be at Ease During Treatment

Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedation during dental treatment. Our practice commonly uses sedation when a patient needs extensive procedures done as well as for fearful patients and those who find it difficult to sit still. There are different types of sedation used in pediatric dentistry including nitrous oxide or laughing gas, IV sedation, oral sedatives and general anesthetic. 

Patients Who May Require Sedation

Many children may require sedation including:

  • Children who have dental anxiety or dental phobia
  • Children with low pain tolerance
  • Children requiring extensive dental treatment
  • Children with physical handicaps

 Children with strong gag reflexes

Sedation, which is endorsed by the American Dental Association (ADA), is an effective way to make children feel comfortable during their visit to our East Lansing pediatric dentistry practice. 

Before your child is given sedation, it is important that you inform us of any medications or medical treatments your child is receiving. Before we administer any sedative or anesthetic, we will speak with you about the process of sedation as well as pre- and post-sedation instructions.

Laughing Gas

For our patients who are too anxious or fearful to receive the dental care they need, we may recommend conscious sedation using nitrous oxide or laughing gas to make the experience stress-free. Laughing gas is a colorless gas with a slightly sweet odor. When children are given laughing gas, they feel completely relaxed and even happy. All bodily functions remain normal during the administration of the gas and its effects wear off rapidly afterwards.

The gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen. A small fitted mask is placed over the nose, and as the patient breathes normally, uptake occurs through the lungs. As the child breathes the sweet-smelling gas, he or she will feel relaxed, less anxious and calm. Because it is a mild sedative, laughing gas does not put your child to sleep. Instead, your child is awake and able to speak with the dentist during the procedure. While laughing gas is very useful for many children, it is not a good option for kids who are uncooperative or whom are unwilling or unable to follow instructions.

Laughing gas is very safe and well tolerated. It has a rapid onset, is reversible and is non-allergenic. At the end of the dental treatment, the gas is eliminated after a short period of breathing oxygen and has no lingering effects.

Schedule An Appointment

If your child has not visited a pediatric dentist due to him or her having dental anxiety or dental phobia, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us. We have years of experience working with children and use kid-friendly language when speaking to our young patients. We work hard to make each of our patients feel comfortable while spending time with us so they have a positive dental experience.  After evaluating your child, our pediatric dentists may recommend nitrous oxide/laughing gas so your child can receive the dental care he or she needs.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns about laughing gas or sedation dentistry in general, please don't hesitate to contact us as we're always happy to speak with you! At Drs. Meyers and Klein Pediatric Dentistry, we always put your child's needs first! Our goal is to provide comfortable & friendly dental care for children in our kid-friendly office environment. Many of our patients look forward to visiting our East Lansing pediatric dentistry practice where we put kids first!