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Is Nitrous Oxide Safe for Your Child?

As parents, you do everything you can to make your child feel safe and secure. As your child’s dentist, I strive to do the same. Despite our efforts, however, some pediatric patients require more than a friendly atmosphere and a soothing voice. For those children, nitrous oxide may be just what they need to make their time in my office more comfortable.

What is Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous Oxide is a highly tolerable, fast-acting gas used for mild sedation. It is safe, non-allergenic, and can be easily adjusted to suit the needs of your child. It does not make your child unconscious during their dental procedure; rather, it gives them a sense of well-being while they are awake.

How is it Administered?
Nitrous is administered through a mask placed over your child’s nose. The nitrous enters the body as your child breathes normally; when the dental procedure is over, the nitrous is eliminated from your child’s body as they breathe oxygen for a few minutes.

Is Your Child a Candidate for Nitrous?
If your child is anxious about going to the dentist, has an over-responsive gag reflex, or is upset by the sights and sounds associated with dentistry, your child might be a good candidate for nitrous. If he or she has a stuffy nose, a full stomach, or is on certain medications, I may not recommend nitrous treatment. I realize each patient is different, however, so a determination cannot be made without first discussing your child’s medical history.

Your child’s comfort and trust is of the utmost importance to me, as the relationships they build now sets them up for a lifetime of positive experiences in the dental chair. Nitrous oxide, encouraging words, or otherwise, If there is anything I can do to make your child’s visit more enjoyable, let me know.

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