Laughing gas is a mild form of sedation that helps your child feel calm and comfortable. We administer the sedation through a small nasal mask. Once we remove the mask, the effects wear off almost immediately.
Not only is laughing gas safe, but it can help your child get the care they need to maintain a healthy smile.
Here’s what you need to know about laughing gas.
Laughing gas is a form of mild sedation that your child inhales through their nose. We can use laughing gas for a range of dental procedures, from teeth cleanings to fillings. But some procedures will still need local anesthesia to manage pain.
Does your child have a history of dental anxiety? If so, we may recommend laughing gas to help your child relax in the dentist’s chair.
Laughing gas is a mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen that works fast to put your child at ease. The calming effects of laughing gas are also fast to wear off after we remove the mask. As such, your child will be able to return to school after their appointment.
Laughing gas doesn’t make your child fall asleep. Instead, they’ll be awake and aware throughout the entire procedure. This means that your child will be able to cooperate with our instructions. For example, we may ask them to tilt their head so we can better access a tooth.
Dr. Kim has the training and experience to use nitrous oxide during dental procedures.
There are no lingering side effects of laughing gas, which makes it safe for patients of all ages. In fact, adults who are given laughing gas are able to drive themselves home or return to work. This means that you won’t have to keep your child home from school after their appointment. You also won’t have to keep an eye on them while you’re waiting for the sedation to wear off.
With laughing gas, you don’t have to worry about any complications.
Children who experience dental anxiety need special care. That way, they can maintain healthy smiles and learn good dental habits that will last a lifetime.
Your child’s early years are crucial for forming good impressions. If your child is afraid of the dentist, they won’t feel motivated to practice good oral hygiene.
Laughing gas will help your child stay calm while receiving pediatric dental care.
Many people fear the dentist because they fear losing control. Since your child will be awake and aware with laughing gas, they’ll feel more in control of their treatment.
If you have any questions about laughing gas, don’t hesitate to call our office. We’re always more than happy to answer any questions you might have about your child’s dental care.
Our pediatric dentist in Grand Rapids, MI, offers laughing gas as a solution to anxiety. To request an appointment, call Pediatric Dentistry of Michigan at (616) 447-7900.