Nitrous oxide is often used as a conscious sedative during a dental visit. The gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that can help phobic or anxious patients relax during their dental treatment. For many children, going to the dentist can be scary experience. Nitrous oxide sedation can help ease your child’s anxiety and make the experience as calm as possible – maybe even pleasant!
Because it is a mild sedative, patients are still conscious and can talk to their pediatric dentist during their visit. After treatment, the nitrous is turned off and oxygen is administered for five to 10 minutes to help flush away any remaining gas. The effects wear off almost immediately. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects, although some patients may experience minor nausea and constipation. Your pediatric dentist will provide you with pre- and post-sedation instructions.
Read more about the Guidelines on Use of Nitrous Oxide Sedation for Pediatric Dental Patients published by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry here to learn more.