Our doctors are trained in working with young, immature and sometimes frightened children and those children with special needs. At NOVA Children’s Dentistry, we provide nitrous oxide adminstration in Ashburn & South Riding. We do not recommend sedation for every child that comes to our office. Our goal is to treat children in the safest and least invasive way possible. Whether or not we recommend oral or general sedation for your child will depend on the doctor’s recommendation, your child’s condition and anxiety level, and the parent’s input.
Some children are given nitrous oxide/oxygen, or “laughing gas” in order to relax them for dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gasses, nitrous oxide, and oxygen. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose, allowing them to relax but without putting them to sleep. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique to use for treating children’s dental needs. The gas is mild, easily taken, then with normal breathing, it is quickly eliminated from the body. It is non-addictive. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes.
Prior to Your Appointment
Before you arrive for your dental appointment, please inform us of any change in your child’s health and/or medical condition. Tell us about any respiratory condition that makes breathing through the nose difficult for your child. It may limit the effectiveness of the nitrous oxide/oxygen. Let us know if your child is taking any medication on the day of the appointment.
Your child should NOT have any food or drink at least 2 hours prior to their appointment.