Just like adults, kids can experience a notable fear or anxiety about going to the dentist. Fortunately, just like adults, children can opt for sedation dentistry to help them relax and get the dental care they need and deserve. Nitrous oxide (or “laughing gas”) is one of the most popular forms of sedation dentistry, and it is very safe for kids!
Laughing gas offers several benefits for kids who have an intense fear of being at the dental office, including the following:
Getting nitrous oxide easy and painless.
When getting nitrous oxide sedation, your child will wear a small nosepiece and breathe in a colorless gas. Kids can remain calm and comfortable throughout the procedure while still being able to communicate with the dentist as needed.
Your child can relax quickly.
When a child is upset or anxiety-ridden, it is important to have a quick solution. When choosing nitrous oxide, your child will experience relaxation and relief within minutes of breathing in the gas. In fact, it often causes children to become giddy – hence the name “laughing gas”.
Laughing gas wears off within minutes.
Not only is nitrous oxide fast-acting, but it also leaves the body quickly. Within minutes of removing the gas, your child is no longer sedated and will not need extra recovery time.
Laughing gas has no lingering side effects.
Nitrous oxide is one of the only sedation dentistry options that allows patients to immediately return to their daily lives. This means adults can drive themselves home from their procedure and children can return to school and/or sports.
When Do We Suggest Laughing Gas?
Most patients (young and old) qualify for nitrous oxide. If you want to avoid a traumatic experience at the dental office because your child is significantly fearful or anxious, laughing gas can be a valued solution. In addition, sedation dentistry can be ideal if your child has a lengthy dental procedure scheduled or when there are physical limitations or special needs that would cause a child to otherwise avoid necessary dental care.
If you’d like to learn more about choosing nitrous oxide for your child’s upcoming dental appointment, please call us at Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry. We go to great lengths to keep kids happy and relaxed at our office!
Ensure that your child is undergoing a calm and relaxing procedure with the help of Laughing Gas in Milton, GA. Schedule an appointment with us today. Call us if you have any questions!