Nitrous Oxide for Children

Child in dental chair.

Laughing Gas to Put Your Child at Ease

At Yummy Dental & Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on the quality of orthodontics we provide for the communities of Chicago and Glenview, IL. As specialists in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics, we understand the needs and concerns of children. We go the extra mile to make them feel comfortable and give them a lasting positive image of the dentist. One of the things we can do to ease their anxiety is administer nitrous oxide to a fearful child in order to deliver a stress-free experience.

What Is Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide is a colorless gas that has a slightly sweet smell. It is a safe and effective way of maintaining conscious sedation. What this means is that the patient will be awake during the procedure, but feel completely relaxed. Bodily functions will remain normal while nitrous oxide is administered and after the application of the nitrous oxide is stopped, the effects will wear off quickly. 

How Is Nitrous Oxide Administered?

Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a small mask that’s placed over a child’s face, creating a form of conscious sedation. The gas is mixed with oxygen as it’s delivered; both are kept at an adjustable intake level that is completely safe for the body. After only a few minutes, the patient will begin to feel a floating sensation and possibly some tingling in the hands and feet. No need to worry though. This is just a sign that the sedation is working. Once this occurs and your child is calm and comfortable, we can start the dental procedure.

Nitrous oxide isn’t actually a substitute for anesthesia; it’s actually considered an anxiolytic, which means that it makes anxiety disappear. For some pediatric procedures, an anesthetic may actually still be needed. However, even if a numbing shot is necessary, your child will be relaxed and won’t mind at all while under sedation.

Once the procedure is over, the nitrous oxide flow will be set to zero and the oxygen will be increased. After a few minutes, your child will feel normal again. 

Contact Your Local Chicago and Glenview, IL Orthodontist!

If you’re looking to schedule an appointment with us for your child, you can fill out our online appointment request form or give us a call. Our phone number is (773) 281-8100 for our Chicago office and (847) 729-4700 for our Glenview office. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to meeting you and easing your child into the experience of visiting a dentist or orthodontist!


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