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Pediatric dentist examining a little boys teethSedation is commonly used for young children who have a high-level of anxiety, and also for children with special needs. For these children, several procedures such as fillings, crowns, root canals, and extractions often require sedation. Your pediatric dentist will speak with you regarding pre and post sedation facts and instructions. We offer sedation dentistry for children in our office in Pennsylvania.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide, also known as Laughing Gas, is endorsed by The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. The use of nitrous oxide therapy is a safe and effective method to decrease anxiety and reduce pain. The gas is administered through a flavored nasal mask. Your child will smell a sweet, pleasant aroma. Patients remain conscious throughout the procedure and can speak to their dentist throughout their visit. Nitrous oxide is one of the safest sedative treatments available; it has a rapid onset and the effects wear off quickly.

Your child may need more support than a gentle, caring manner to feel comfortable. Nitrous oxide / oxygen (also referred to as laughing gas) is a safe, effective technique to calm your child’s fear of the dentist.

Nitrous oxide / oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. When inhaled, it is absorbed by the body and has a calming effect. Normal breathing eliminates nitrous oxide / oxygen from the body.

Your child will smell a sweet, pleasant aroma and experience a sense of well-being and relaxation. If your child is worried by the sights, sounds, or sensations of dental treatment, he or she may respond more positively with the use of nitrous oxide / oxygen.

Nitrous oxide / oxygen is perhaps the safest sedative in dentistry. It is non-addictive, mild, administered easily, and quickly eliminated by the body. Your child will remain fully conscious and maintain all natural reflexes.

For more information about Sedation Dentistry for Children, please contact us by filling out the contact form or by calling us at 215-643-9400.