Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) Sedation
Some children are given nitrous oxide/oxygen or what you may know as laughing gas, to relax them for their dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose, allowing them to relax without putting them to sleep. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique to use for treating children’s dental needs.
The gas is mild, easily taken, then with normal breathing it is quickly eliminated from the body. It is non-addictive. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes.
General anesthesia is recommended for children who have extensive amounts of treatment that needs completed, very young children with treatment needs that are unable to cooperate, and children with special needs.
The anesthesia is completed at Springfield Regional Medical Center. An anesthesiologist will administer the anesthesia and monitor your child while Dr. Myers completes the dental treatment.
Dr. Myers will need your child to visit their pediatrician prior to being seen at the hospital to make sure he or she is healthy enough for the procedure.
Following anesthesia your child will be tired and uncoordinated. It is important to monitor your child closely and not do any strenuous activities that day. It is important to drink lots of liquids and a soft food diet for 1-2 days following the visit.
We will schedule a 2 week follow up to make sure everything is healing well.