Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is the most frequently used method for easing mild to moderate anxiety in children. Administered through a small nose piece and combined with some fruitty smells, it is an effective way to calm anxiety. Your child will be asked to breathe through his or her nose and not through their mouth. As the gas begins to work, your child will become calm, although he or she will still be awake and able to talk with the dentist.
At the end of your child’s appointment, he or she will resume breathing regular oxygen, and all the effects of nitrous oxide will disappear. Dr. Skelton and Dr. Kennedy will suggest utilizing nitrous oxide for a patient's appointment when necessary. Nitrous oxide is not the best choice for every patient and here at Fairfield Pediatric Dentistry we may suggest additional sedative measures to aid your child in their upcoming appointments when indicated.