Nitrous oxide gas, or laughing gas as it is commonly referred to, is a way to help reduce a child’s anxiety during dental treatment. The gas is administered by inhaling it through a small nose piece that is placed over your child’s nose. It does not cover their mouth. Your child will be awake throughout the entire procedure and usually recover quickly from the effects of it once their dental treatment is completed.
It is quite common to feel nervous when visiting the dentist. Almost all patients feel some level of uneasiness at some point. For some, however, an appointment is the source of a great deal of anxiety and fear.