What is Laughing Gas Sedation?

Laughing gas 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 various ages. The process of administering laughing gas is easy and quick, and the effects wear off quickly once the procedure has been completed. We often recommend laughing gas to patients who are nervous or scared of their upcoming treatment or who have trouble sitting still when work is being done.

Why is Laughing Gas Sedation needed?

There are a few reasons for why your child might want to choose laughing gas sedation. The most common reason for wanting it is because your child is afraid or nervous because of the work being done. Your child might benefit from this type of mild sedation if unable to sit still for long periods of time. This mild sedation option is ideal for patients who want to benefit from some type of sedation without necessarily being asleep for the procedure.

Who is a candidate for Laughing Gas Sedation?

Most of our patients are good candidates for laughing gas sedation. We will review your child's health and medical history to determine if and when your child would benefit from sedation.

What happens during the Laughing Gas Sedation process?

  • We will place a small mask over your child's nose and instruct him or her 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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