This is the most common sedative used in dentistry. Nitrous oxide is a gas that is inhaled that allows the child to be more relaxed and comfortable. After treatment is completed, the child will breathe 100% oxygen which will push out all the nitrous oxide from the lungs. That way, your child is ready to go home quickly after treatment. A common side effect of laughing gas is nausea and vomiting. If your child is prone to motion sickness, please let Dr. Julie know.
Also, the gas will not put your child “to sleep”.
Nitrous Oxide is not a “miracle” gas that turns a completely uncooperative child into a child able to do the dental treatment. If your child is not cooperative, Dr. Julie will discuss other modalities to complete your child’s dental treatment safely.