Sedation for Dental Procedures in Los Angeles
In each of our state of the art treatment rooms, we offer nitrous or laughing gas to help children feel more at ease during their treatment.
What are the benefits of nitrous, or laughing gas?
The pediatric dental experts at the Children’s Dental FunZone often make use of nitrous gas because it is a safe and effective way to help alleviate some of a child’s dental anxiety. The child has the gas placed on his or her nose using a special nose-piece. This nose-piece comes in various flavors, like strawberry, grape or bubblegum. The smell of the nitrous gas can help distract the children from the sounds and potentially uncomfortable feelings they may experience during treatment. The nitrous gas itself also decreases their gag reflex, keeping the child from wanting to throw up during treatment, and enhances the numb feeling they have, so overall they feel more comfortable.
How does nitrous gas work?
Nitrous gas, or what is commonly known as laughing gas, is a combination of nitrogen and oxygen and is administered to the patient with a fitted facial mask that goes over the child’s nose. This mask delivers the gas into the patient’s system to effectively sedate him. During the delivery of nitrous gas, children will smell a sweet aroma that will give them a sense of relaxation and well being, similar to feeling giddy. The nitrous gas exerts its effects by raising the pain threshold and making the child feel more comfortable during the procedure. It may also appear to the child that time has moved more quickly. After the treatment, letting the child breathe in oxygen will reverse the effects of the nitrous gas.
How does nitrous gas combine with pediatric oral sedation or local anesthesia?
If a child needs to be under pediatric oral sedation in order to have his/her treatment completed, the pediatric dentists at Children’s Dental FunZone recommend using sedative medication in combination with nitrous gas. These sedation tools work together to make the child as calm as possible throughout the course of the treatment. Research shows that using nitrous gas also decreases the child’s response to pain, increasing their feeling of numbness after the placement of local anesthesia.
Is nitrous gas or laughing gas safe for children?
Nitrous gas is potentially the safest sedative that is currently being used in the dental industry. It has a rapid onset affect so that children feel its effects almost instantaneously as long as they breathe through their nose. Once the treatment is completed, having the child breathe in oxygen for a couple of minutes will immediately reverse the effects of the nitrous gas. Afterwards, the child is free to go back to school or continue daily activities without feeling any residual affects. Finally, nitrous gas is completely adjustable, so that the right dose is given to every child. These features make it an ideal sedative for any patient, especially children who feel anxiety toward dental procedures.
For more information on laughing gas and local anesthesia in pediatric dentistry, call us or visit one of our locations in Southern California. We currently have office locations in West Covina, Eagle Rock, Montebello, Fontana, West Los Angeles, West Covina, Ontario, Reseda, San Fernando and Riverside.