Our pediatric dentist at Children’s Dental Care are able to help young patients feel comfortable and relaxed, even in the dentist’s chair.
If your child struggles with a fear of the dentist, we recommend asking about nitrous oxide sedation. Nitrous oxide sedation (also called inhalation sedation or laughing gas) is a mild sedative we use to help patients relax during dental procedures. Nitrous oxide is safe to use for children.
How Nitrous Oxide Works
Our dentist will place a mask over your child’s nose and ask them to breathe deeply. The mask supplies 100% oxygen through your child’s nasal passages before nitrous oxide is gradually introduced. Compared to other sedation dentistry methods, laughing gas works quickly. It only takes 20 seconds for nitrous oxide to reach the brain and a few minutes for your child to feel completely relaxed.
While your child will still be conscious and able to cooperate with their dentist, they will feel very relaxed. Since nitrous oxide has amnesiac qualities, many patients are unable to even remember anything of their pediatric dental treatment.
Nitrous oxide is safe to use for children!
If your child has a dental fear that makes it difficult for them to sit in the dentist’s chair, nitrous oxide can help them feel relaxed so they can get the pediatric dental care they need. Laughing gas completely leaves the body within three minutes of stopping the supply, which means your child will be able to return to school after their appointment.
Our pediatric dentists at Children’s Dental Care always strive to help patients feel comfortable in the dentist’s chair so they can get the treatment they need. To schedule a dentist appointment for your child, call any of our offices in Canton, Dearborn, and Livonia.