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How Laughing Gas Works

July 28, 2017

Most visits to the dentist’s office are fairly routine: a bit of scraping to remove plaque, some polishing of the teeth and a dose of flossing. But sometimes, more in-depth procedures requiring sedation are needed.

A popular form of sedation is nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas.” In this issue, we’ll talk more about laughing gas: what it is and what to expect.

What is laughing gas?

Nitrous oxide is a chemical compound (a Nitrogen molecule with an Oxygen atom) commonly used as a mild anesthetic. It has no odor and has no negative effects on the heart, lungs, liver or brain.

How does laughing gas make you feel?

Laughing gas is not very intense, and while your child will be awake through the process, he or she will feel tingly and warm. The laughing gas will reduce the amount of pain your child will feel, and because it can make them happy, your child will laugh more easily – hence the name.

How is laughing gas administered?

Your child will be wearing a light mask while the dental hygienist controls the desired mix of nitrous oxide. All your child will have to do is breath through his or her nose.

It works very quickly, with pain-killing properties developing after just 2 or 3 minutes.

What are the after-effects of laughing gas?

There’s no “hangover” effect from laughing gas, and it will be eliminated from your child’s system within 3 to 5 minutes.

For Compassionate and Fun Pediatric Dental Care, Call ABC Children’s Dentistry in San Diego

To schedule an appointment for your child’s dental care, call ABC Children’s Dentistry here in San Diego.

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