Occasionally your child may need more than tender loving care to feel
comfortable while getting dental care. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is a safe, effective
method of soothing a child’s fear of the dental visit.
What is it?
Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases – oxygen and nitrous oxide
It is removed from the body by regular breathing.
How it will make your child feel?
Your child will smell a sweet, pleasant aroma (we have several – orange, strawberry,
Your child will experience a sense of well-being and relaxation.
It is safe?
Nitrous oxide/oxygen is the safest sedative in dentistry.
It is mild, easy to use and rapidly removed from the body.
Your child remains conscious with all his/her natural reflexes.
Give your child little or no food before the dental visit,
(Occasionally, nausea or vomiting occurs when a child has a full stomach.)
Tell Dr. Vera about any respiratory condition that makes breathing through the nose
difficult for your child. It may limit the effectiveness of nitrous oxide/oxygen.
Third, let Dr. Vera know if your child is taking any medication on the day of the
Nitrous oxide does not work for all children
Nitrous oxide/oxygen is not effective for some children, especially those who have severe
anxiety, nasal congestion, extensive treatment needs, or discomfort wearing a nasal mask.
Dr. Vera has comprehensive specialty training and can offer other sedation methods that are
right for your child.