Nitrous Oxide

  • A thorough medical history of the child should be reviewed
  • Any respiratory condition causing difficulty in breathing should be ascertained
  • All medications the child is taking should be stated


Considerations prior to nitrous oxide use:

Nitrous oxide, commonly called “laughing gas,” is a breathable gas which is commonly used to relieve children’s pain and anxiety during dental procedures.  It is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide, which is given through a small breathing mask placed over the child’s nose.   The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes this technique as safe, effective, and non-addictive.  The mixed gas is easily inhaled with normal breathing and is quickly eliminated from the body.  Your child remains fully conscious and maintains all protective reflexes.