Nitrous Oxide

Laughter is the best medicine.

Most of our children are treated with Nitrous Oxide (aka “laughing gas”) during their restorative appointments. We’ve found that this method works best to increase cooperation, help with pain management, decrease anxiety, and create a more pleasant experience overall.

Nitrous Oxide is a sweet smelling gas administered through a “flavored” nasal hood. It is always given along with oxygen to keep your child safe.

Nitrous does not put your child to sleep and it is quickly metabolized in the body. That means that your child recovers immediately.

Occasional side effects consist of nausea, dizziness, and headaches. We will recommend that your child does not come to the appointment on a full stomach for those reasons. If you’re concerned over safety, we understand. But we feel it’s perhaps the safest sedative in dentistry — mild, easily taken, and quickly and naturally removed from the body.

Should it come to nitrous, know this, Dr. Kady and her team have comprehensive training in administering nitrous oxide safely in children.