Commonly referred to as laughing gas or sweet air, Nitrous oxide can be used to treat mild to moderate anxiety for many patients. Nitrous oxide is given through a scented nose mask that fits comfortably over your child’s face and is very effective at calming anxiety. We work with your child and ask them to breathe slowly through their nose – the best way to allow the gas to work its magic! Your child will be awake the entire time and will be able to communicate with their parents and pediatric dentist.
Nitrous oxide sedation is a very safe procedure with calming effects that wear off minutes after your child’s procedure is completed. Your child can resume all normal activities immediately after leaving our office.
We find that many children become more comfortable during dental visits as they get older, so nitrous oxide may not always be needed.
If you have any questions about nitrous oxide sedation, please call Staten Island Pediatric Dentistry at (718) 761-7316.