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A common term for nitrous oxide sedation is laughing gas. Children can be overly nervous about getting dental work done and nitrous oxide helps settle them down so they are comfortable during the treatment.
Nitrous Oxide is first mixed with oxygen and then administered using a small mask that is placed over the child’s nose. The mask will not inhibit their breathing. When the gas starts working, the child will be noticeable less anxious and more relaxed.
Nitrous oxide has very mild effects. Not only is it safe, but it is eliminated very quickly from the body which means its effects will wear off quickly. It will not put the child to sleep and they will be awake and able to talk to the dentist. Once the dentist is done, oxygen will be administered to help flush the remaining gas out of the body.
The only discomfort most children will have could be with wearing a mask if they are not used to it. In some instances, the gas can make the child feel a little nauseous. A lighter meal right before the visit can eliminate this discomfort.