Santa Clarita Sedation Dentistry

Santa Clarita Sedation Dentistry

Pediatric Dentists in Valencia, CA

Laughing Gas is a form of sedation that allows children who are otherwise too anxious to sit still for dental treatment to receive the care they need. You might know it better by its colloquial name—laughing gas. The dentists at Santa Clarita Children’s Dental in Valencia, California, use Laughing Gas only when a patient truly needs it for their care. If your child has significant anxiety about seeing the dentist or has sensory issues that make it hard for them to readily accept care, you can schedule a consultation to discuss your options and any safety concerns you might have.

Laughing Gas Q & A

What is Laughing Gas?

It is a colorless gas that has a smell patients describe as a bit sweet. It interacts with the central nervous system to reduce pain perception and calm anxiety. The gas is fast acting and allows children to remain awake but sedated during their procedures.

Is laughing gas safe?

Yes, it is safer than most other sedatives. The danger in sedation comes with the impact they have on reflexes, which can cause problems with breathing. However, laughing gas does not affect reflexes, making it safe. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, nitrous oxide has not caused any illnesses or death.

Will my child be bothered by laughing gas?

Most kids find the experience to be a funny one, but there are children who dislike the sensation. After the first treatment using laughing gas, talk to your child about the experience. If they dislike it, we can look into alternative means of sedation for future work.

What are scenarios where laughing gas is needed?

Some situations where laughing gas can be beneficial include:

  • Calming intense anxiety
  • Helping a patient get through a long procedure
  • Easing a sensitive gag reflex
  • Relaxing children with special needs

Can my child eat before a procedure with laughing gas?

We ask that children do not eat for at least two hours before the procedure and that the meal they eat prior to their appointment be light. However, there is no need for fasting.

What can I expect after laughing gas use?

Children may feel sleepy or silly afterwards. They could experience headaches or nausea as well. We suggest soft foods and liquids only for the first two meals after laughing gas is used to reduce the risk of vomiting.

If your child has anxiety about the dentist, special needs, or requires a lengthy procedure, call our office to see if laughing gas is a good option for them.

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