Nitrous – Laughing Gas
Nitrous oxide is a very common, effective sedative used to calm dental fear in children. It a blend of nitrous oxide and oxygen delivered through a nasal mask and absorbed in the lungs.
Nitrous oxide is also called “laughing gas” because it creates a sense of well being and happiness. It also reduces the gag reflex and gently numbs the teeth and gums.
Nitrous oxide is safe, well tolerated, and non-allergic. The patient is fully conscious and able to respond to questions or requests. It has a rapid onset, is reversible, and can be adjusted to various treatment concentrations.