How Do I Find a Dentist That Uses Nitrous Oxide?

Some dentists use nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to calm anxious patients before a procedure (especially if it’s a lengthy or complex procedure). Nitrous oxide is used alongside a local anesthetic, which numbs the treatment area, so there’s no pain.

Keep reading to learn more about nitrous oxide.

What Is Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide is an odorless, colorless gas sedative that’s administered through a small mask that fits over the nose.

A dentist may recommend nitrous oxide or a similar sedative for a child who:

  • Has difficulty sitting still
  • Has special needs
  • Is exceptionally anxious or tense
  • Is undergoing a lengthy procedure or several procedures in one sitting

How Does Nitrous Oxide Affect a Child During a Procedure?

Nitrous oxide is a sedative. It’s meant to help the child feel at ease during a dental procedure, but it may also make them feel a little light-headed and heavy in the limbs. Nitrous oxide takes about five minutes to start working, and its effects can last up to six hours.

After inhaling nitrous oxide, your child will probably feel very relaxed and may drift off. It’s unlikely they’ll fall into a deep sleep.

Find a Dentist Who Treats Patients with Care, Dignity, and Respect

Our Kool Smiles partner dentist believe every child deserves a healthy smile. Kool Smiles Kids Club has a network of partner dentists who provide top-quality care. Our kid-friendly partner dentists are happy to discuss nitrous oxide or any other dental sedative with you. They have the experience and expertise to offer guidance on which sedative is best able to meet your child’s needs.