Most children are given nitrous oxide/oxygen, or what you may know as laughing gas, to relax them for their dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide.
Nitrous oxide/oxygen is given through a small breathing mask, which is placed over the patient’s nose, enabling him or her to relax, but without putting the child to sleep. We always place a smell in the mask such as strawberry, watermelon, or cinnamon.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes this technique as a very safe and effective technique to use for children’s dental needs. The gas is mild, easily taken, then with normal breathing is quickly eliminated from the body.
It is not a drug and is non-addictive. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, your child remains fully conscious, is able to communicate and follow verbal requests, and keeps all natural reflexes.