Laughing Gas: A Few Things You May Like To Know

Learning about the dental sedation options you may select for your child’s dental care is something that can cause mixed emotions for you. Of course, it’s a relief to know that you can help your child feel nice and cozy and calm during treatments. On the other hand, there are so many types of sedation and you want to make a wise selection. So, when we suggest laughing gas, also known as nitrous oxide, you will instantly want to know more. What sets it apart? Our Dallas, TX pediatric dental team is happy to elaborate! Have more questions? Let us know.

It’s The Gentlest Option

When you’re approaching dental sedation through the lens of a researching parent, you want to know more about which is which and what does what. As we discuss nitrous oxide with you, keep in mind that it’s always the gentlest form of sedation for your child (and for adults, too!). While it will absolutely take the edge off of nerves, as your child feels extremely calm and tranquil, it’s not quite so powerful as other options. Remember that when compared with oral and IV sedation, laughing gas is the only option that will quickly wear off, so there are no lingering effects throughout the day.

It Doesn’t Smell Yucky

You may worry that your child will feel okay once the nitrous oxide takes effect but you don’t want the administration of sedation to be at all traumatizing or unpleasant. We understand and agree! In addition to giving you our word that we will be extremely kind and gentle with your child, while taking a relaxing approach, we also remind you: Laughing gas is known for being sweet or odorless. If your child notices a scent or taste at all, it’s going to be a pleasing one! Receiving this type of sedation is quite simple and truly begins working right away.

Your Child May Not Remember The Details

For your kiddos, the use of laughing gas can create an “amnesic effect.” This just means that though it is very gentle, the sedation may still cause your child’s recollection of events throughout his or her dental visit to be missing some details (or most of them). This generally makes for care that feels very quick and easy!

Learn More About Laughing Gas With Us

Have questions about the use of nitrous oxide for dental visits? Feel free to ask, so we may help you feel wonderful about your choices. Schedule a visit with your Dallas, TX children’s dentist, Dr. Marr at Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda by calling 214-321-4880. We proudly welcome patients from Dallas, TX, and all surrounding communities, including Casa Linda, Lakewood, Lake Highlands, Forest Hills, East Dallas, Mesquite, Garland, Richardson, and more.

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