Nitrous Oxide Sedation – An Option to Ease Your Child’s Fear of the Dentist

It can be a challenge to convince children to visit the dentist, most especially if they’ve been traumatized by a previous experience or heard scary stories about the dentist. It can also be a case of a bad dental experience, prompting the child to say no to a dental visit. Professional dental care is essential for your child’s health. However, forcing the child to endure any dental treatment can increase the resistance to visiting the dentist. It’s human nature to dislike an activity when it is forced upon you. Nitrous oxide sedation can, therefore, be a big help, so your child happily takes the dental treatment he needs.

What is Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

Nitrous oxide sedation is commonly referred to as laughing gas because the patient experiences a state of euphoria when the gas is administered. This gas is a chemical compound that’s characterized by its sweet, favorable smell and taste. When used in dental care, patients feel relaxed, happy, and very comfortable, allowing the dentist to perform the necessary dental treatments. As a result, time seems to pass quickly for the patient, and the dentist likewise performs any dental procedure quickly. Your child remains conscious and ably responds to instructions from the dentist, and generally feels very happy about the entire dental procedure.

How is Nitrous Oxide Administered to Dental Patients?

Nitrous oxide sedation involves the use of an automated machine that dispenses precisely-dosed nitrous oxide with a mixture of oxygen. The gas is administered by letting the patient wear a mask where he can inhale the gas and oxygen mixture safely. The dentist gives the patient a little time for the gas to take effect, before performing the dental treatment necessary.

Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation Safe for my Child?

Yes, the process is safe, as long as it is performed by a licensed, trained dental professional like Dr. Tate Langdon. It is also safe when the patient is not allergic to nitrous oxide or any component of this gas. Be sure to inform your doctor about the medicines your child is taking as a certain drug may not mix well with the gas. Inform your doctor as well if your child has heart or lung disease.

Nitrous oxide is a mild form of sedative, so it is generally safe to use. The patient is conscious during his dental treatment, is able to recall the whole experience, and feels relaxed and happy about the procedure. Nitrous oxide takes effect within minutes and calms the nerves. Once the gas is removed, the effects wear off almost immediately.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation for Optimum Oral Health

Nitrous oxide sedation has allowed many dental patients to achieve optimum oral health. Seeing the dentist is very important even with dental fear or anxiety. Nitrous oxide sedation is, therefore, a good solution for both young and adult patients who are apprehensive about dental care. Nitrous oxide is a good gas that helps one achieve optimum oral health.

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Tate C. Langdon, DDS, PA

15329 Hodges Cir
Huntersville, NC 28078

Phone: (704) 875-0123
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