Nitrous Oxide

Sweet Tooth Orthodontics and Children's Dentistry

Dentists & Orthodontists located in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

While most visits to the dentist are fairly routine, there are times when more extensive dental work is required. To prevent these visits from becoming painful or uncomfortable affairs, Dr. Julia Brown of Sweet Tooth Children’s Dentistry turns to nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, for her young patients in Rancho Cucamonga, California. With nitrous oxide, Dr. Brown can address most any dental issue as painlessly as possible. To learn more about how nitrous oxide works to curb pain and anxiety, call or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.

Nitrous Oxide Q & A

What is nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide, which is commonly known as laughing gas, is a sedation technique used in dentistry to minimize pain and discomfort, as well as anxiety.

Dr. Brown administers the odorless and colorless sedative through a mask placed over your child’s mouth and nose. Aside from preventing pain, nitrous oxide produces a calming, even euphoric, effect. The gas relaxes your child but doesn’t induce sleep.

There’s no preparation needed for nitrous oxide, and Dr. Brown is equipped to administer the laughing gas right in her office.

When would nitrous oxide be needed?

Each tooth in your child’s mouth contains at least one nerve ending, sometimes two or three, which accounts for the pain or discomfort when they’re compromised or irritated.

On top of the actual pain is the psychological factor of having work done that your child can hear, taste, and even smell, thanks to the mouth’s location.

All of those factors can add up, creating anxiety and fear toward dental work.

To literally and figuratively calm your child’s nerves, Dr. Brown turns to nitrous oxide to take the anxiety and pain out of dental work. While some children tolerate dental procedures fairly well, others find it more difficult, making mild sedation a wise choice.

Depending upon your child’s level of anxiety, Dr. Brown uses laughing gas for:

  • Root canals
  • Fillings
  • Extractions
  • Gum work

If your child is especially anxious about visiting the dentist, Dr. Brown even administers nitrous oxide for more general work, such as deep cleanings.

The decision to use nitrous oxide is made by you and Dr. Brown after you discuss and review the dental issue and your child’s needs.

Is nitrous oxide safe?

Nitrous oxide is very safe and is the go-to sedation technique for pediatric dentistry. There are many advantages to using nitrous oxide, including:

  • It works almost instantly
  • Once Dr. Brown removes the mask, the effects wear off quickly
  • Your child isn’t under general anesthesia
  • It prevents pain, as well as anxiety

After the procedure, Dr. Brown administers straight oxygen to your child for a few minutes to flush out any remnants of the sedative.

To discuss the use of nitrous oxide on your child, call Sweet Tooth Children’s Dentistry or book an appointment online.