Nitrous Oxide Specialist

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Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry & Dentistry located in Oklahoma City, OK & Midwest City, OK

Do you ever wish you had a way to ease your child’s anxiety at the dentist? With nitrous oxide at Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry in Oklahoma City and Midwest City, Oklahoma, you do. Their expert team uses this safe, effective sedation to help kids and teens of all ages relax during treatment. Learn more about nitrous oxide by calling the office today.

Nitrous Oxide Q & A

What is nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide is a sedative that’s also called laughing gas because it makes the individual feel relaxed and, oftentimes, happy. It’s an odorless gas that Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry uses to help kids who feel stressed or anxious about visiting the dentist relax. By administering a small, safe dose of nitrous oxide to that patient before treatment starts, it helps them have a pleasant experience the entire time they’re in the dentist’s chair. 

This is especially helpful because kids often feel uncomfortable at the dentist because they’re not used to having their mouths touched and treated. Unfortunately, this discomfort can lead to anxiety surrounding going to the dentist. 

This doesn’t just make it harder for you to get your child the right dental care, but it also sets them up for a lifetime of dentist avoidance. To ensure nervousness about the dentist doesn’t keep your child from forming healthy oral habits, Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry offers nitrous oxide. 

How is nitrous oxide administered?

To give your child nitrous oxide, Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry mixes it with oxygen and feeds it through a mask that fits over their nose. That way, all they have to do is breathe to get the calming effects of the sedative. 

No injections or intravenous administration is needed. Instead, your child simply inhales and exhales and feels the effects of the nitrous oxide within minutes. And as soon as the Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry practitioner removes the mask, it only takes them a few minutes to feel normal again.

Is nitrous oxide safe? 

Yes. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends nitrous oxide for kids who:

  • Feel nervous about going to the dentist 
  • Have a strong gag reflex
  • Have special health needs 
  • Are having a long dental procedure performed
  • Aren’t getting appropriate numbing with a local anesthetic

Nitrous oxide has been used as a form of anesthesia since the mid-1800s and has been extensively tested for safety in kids. Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry uses this sedative because it’s safe and because it significantly improves the patient experience. 

Do you think nitrous oxide could help your son or daughter? Ask Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry about it by calling their office today.