What is it?
Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and administered to children through a small mask that fits over the nose. It is a colorless gas with a faint, sweet smell. “Laughing gas” has a quick onset and rapid recovery. It is NOT considered a sedative agent, as your child will remain conscious during their procedure, and they will return to their normal self immediately after its use. Our pediatric dentists and staff are appropriately trained, and our equipment is in accordance with state regulations.
What does it do?
Nitrous oxide creates a pleasant relaxed sensation to reduce anxiety, in addition to raising an individual’s pain threshold. This helps to diminish discomfort associated with injections. Nitrous oxide increases children’s ability to sit still for longer periods of time, which makes for a more pleasant dental experience and higher quality dental work.
Our fun names for the nitrous oxide masks -- ‘Mickey mouse nose’, ‘puppy nose’ and ‘jet pilot mask.’