We’re happy to administer nitrous oxide whenever necessary to keep patients feeling calm.
There are many medications used to sedate patients during various procedures. But when performing dental work, it’s important for professionals to utilize options that ensure partial consciousness, as dental treatments often require some level of compliance. For example, a patient who is undergoing a cavity filling needs to keep their mouth open throughout the process. In order to address the need for dental treatment while managing fear around undergoing procedures, many professionals offer sedation options.
One of the most commonly used sedation medications in the dental field is nitrous oxide, also referred to as laughing gas. This mild sedative agent helps to manage anxiety and pain during a treatment yet doesn’t put a person to sleep. Using it is non-invasive, as it’s mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that sits over the nose. Despite its “funny” nickname, nitrous oxide doesn’t result in laughing. Instead, it slows the nervous system slightly to reduce inhibitions and help promote relaxation.
At Smile Cove Pediatric Dental, we can use nitrous oxide with pediatric patients in our Tampa, Florida office. We often recommend its use for those who fear visiting the dentist or have anxiety around fillings and other necessary procedures. In younger children, using nitrous oxide can reduce the risk of sudden movement, keeping everyone safe throughout the treatment process.
When you want to ensure a more relaxing, stress-free dental experience for your child, we invite you to schedule an appointment with us. We’re happy to administer nitrous oxide whenever necessary to keep your child feeling calm.