Nitrous oxide, which is also known as “laughing gas,” is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes “laughing gas” as a safe and effective technique to reduce anxiety, produce analgesia, and enhance effective communication between a patient and healthcare provider.
“Laughing gas” can be even used on children. Yes, you heard it right! “Laughing Gas” is often used as a part of pediatric dentistry treatments, as the effects are very mild and it is quickly eliminated from the body. Your child remains awake throughout the procedure and can continue to interact with the dentist. When the gas is turned off, the effects go away very fast.
Dr. Raj will give your child oxygen for a few minutes after treatment. This helps to flush the child's body of any remaining gas.
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