N2O or Laughing Gas

Girl covering her mouth because she is afraid of the dentistWhether you’re looking for East Lansing children’s dental fillings or just a checkup, it’s actually quite common for a child to be nervous or even scared about visiting the dentist. Not to worry though! As your East Lansing children’s dentist, we provide laughing gas to help ease your child through the dental process. This sedation technique is endorsed by the American Dental Association and is very safe and well tolerated.

About Our Children’s Dentistry Laughing Gas

For our patients who are too nervous or fearful to get their needed dental care, we recommend conscious sedation using laughing gas (also known as nitrous oxide) to make sure that the experience is stress-free. Laughing gas is colorless with a slightly sweet odor; when children breathe in this gas, they feel completely relaxed and happy. Their bodily functions will remain normal during its administration and the effects will wear off quickly afterwards. Before we give your child any sedative or anesthetic, we’ll always speak with you about the procedure and any needed instructions.

Our East Lansing Laughing Gas Procedure

A small fitted mask will be placed over your child’s nose and laughing gas will be administered along with a mix of oxygen. As your child breathes in the gas, he or she will feel relaxed. Because it’s just a mild sedative, laughing gas won’t put your child to sleep. Instead, your child will be awake and capable of speaking with the dentist during the procedure. After the treatment is over, the gas is eliminated and after a short amount of time breathing oxygen, there will be no lingering effects.

Patients Who May Need East Lansing Sedation Dentistry

Children who may require sedation include the following:

  • Children who have dental anxieties or dental phobias
  • Children with low pain tolerance
  • Children who require extensive dental treatments
  • Children with physical handicaps
  • Children with strong gag reflexes

While this procedure is very useful for many children, it’s not a good choice for kids who are uncooperative or unable to follow instructions.

Contact Your East Lansing Dentistry Providers Today!

If you have any further questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re glad to help you in any way we can. If you’re looking for East Lansing children’s dental fillings, any other dental treatments, or just a checkup, feel free to give us a call at (517) 337-0032. We hope to hear from you soon!