If your child experiences dental anxiety, or if they have a low tolerance to pain, nitrous oxide can keep them comfortable and relaxed during treatment. At Parrish Children’s Dentistry in Parrish, Florida, Patricia Schnur, DMD, regularly administers nitrous oxide to children and teenagers in-office for teeth cleanings, fillings, tooth extractions, and more. To schedule an appointment for your child, call the office and speak with a friendly staff member, or book a consultation online today.
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a colorless, odorless substance that slows the body’s reaction time upon inhalation. This triggers a calm, euphoric feeling that encourages relaxation.
Nitrous oxide can relieve pain or it can function as a mild sedative. Dr. Schnur regularly administers nitrous oxide prior to dental procedures to ease anxiety and ensure comfort. Nitrous oxide is unique in that it doesn’t take long to wear off.
Following your child’s dental appointment, they can return to normal activities, including school or sports right away.
At Parrish Children’s Dentistry, Dr. Schnur uses nitrous oxide for a variety of treatments, including:
If your child experiences dental anxiety or they have trouble sitting still for extended periods, she might also recommend nitrous oxide during a routine dental exam and cleaning. This way, your child can receive the oral care they need, without feeling stressed or tense.
Only a qualified pediatric dentist like Dr. Schnur can determine if your child is a good candidate for nitrous oxide.
Following an oral exam, a review of your child’s medical history, and a discussion with you (the parent), she can develop a custom care plan that aligns with your child’s unique needs.
If Dr. Schnur determines that your child is a good candidate for nitrous oxide, she administers it with a mask. Your child inhales the nitrous oxide gas with a mixture of oxygen, taking several deep breaths. Nitrous oxide works almost instantly, so your child begins to relax right away.
Nitrous oxide doesn’t put your child to sleep. Throughout treatment, they remain aware of their surroundings and can answer Dr. Schnur’s questions or follow her instructions as necessary.
Nitrous oxide is safe and usually well-tolerated. Some children and toddlers who receive nitrous oxide may experience short-term, minor side-effects, but these subside quickly and present no long-term issues. Most children feel back to normal within an hour of their appointment.
To learn more about the benefits of pediatric dentistry with nitrous oxide, schedule an appointment at Parrish Children’s Dentistry. Call the office and speak with a friendly team member, or book a consultation online today.