Laughing Gas And Sedation Dentistry

What is laughing gas and sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses a mild calming drug while your child receives a dental procedure. The medicine may last up to six hours. One of the most common forms of sedating a dental patient is the use of nitrous oxide — also commonly referred to as laughing gas.

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, helps children remain calm. A mask delivers a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen, and within five minutes, the patient relaxes and experiences euphoric feelings. At the end of the procedure, pure oxygen is given to the patient to clear out any remaining nitrous oxide. We provide sedation dentistry for children from Stafford, Roseville, Woodbridge, Fredericksburg, Garrisonville, Ramoth, Aquia Harbour, Midway Island, Quantico Base, and the surrounding areas of Stafford County, VA

A pediatric dentist may recommend sedation for:

  • Long procedures or multiple procedures
  • Children fearful of the dentist
  • Children who have special needs
  • Children who have difficulty sitting still