Nitrous Oxide Sedation

It’s not uncommon for children to feel nervous or anxious about dental visits, particularly if they have toothache or are in discomfort. In this case we may suggest using this form of sedation to keep them comfortable during their visit.

Nitrous oxide sedation is a very useful way to help anxious children “over the hump of fear” and enable their treatment to be completed without the need for more expensive and involved general anaesthesia in hospital. Nitrous oxide has an amazingly positive effect on most children, often changing their experience from one of extreme fear to one of laughter and fun. You may also have heard nitrous oxide called ‘happy gas’ and it induces a pleasantly relaxed sensation in users.

What Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

Happy gas consists of a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen and is inhaled through a small, comfortable mask that fits over the nose. It takes effect extremely quickly, usually within just a few minutes. The level of sedation is continually adjusted during treatment by our experienced dentists and once the gas is turned off it is soon eliminated from the body.

This treatment is very safe and is routinely used in children’s dentistry. Your child will be monitored the entire time and it is rare for anyone to experience side effects. They will be conscious and able to communicate with our staff right throughout any dental procedure. Not all children will be suitable for nitrous oxide sedation as they must be able to breathe in through the mask and cannot have a stuffy nose or cold at the time of the appointment.