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Laughing Gas

Herrin Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry located in Marietta, GA

Laughing gas can make your child’s experience at the dentist much easier, more comfortable, and less time-consuming. At Herrin Pediatric Dentistry in Marietta, Georgia, Brent Herrin, DMD, and his team offer laughing gas as a sedative for kids who struggle to sit still or relax through dental procedures. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online for your child at Herrin Pediatric Dentistry today.

Laughing Gas Q&A

What is laughing gas?

Laughing gas, also called nitrous oxide, is one of several sedation options available for kids at Herrin Pediatric Dentistry. The sedative is safe and keeps your child awake yet relaxed as they go through the dental procedures they need. Your child can still respond to the team’s requests and questions throughout their treatment. 

What are the benefits of laughing gas?

Laughing gas offers distinct benefits for kids who get scared of going to the dentist or who have trouble sitting still for a prolonged period of time. Laughing gas:

  • Is safe
  • Sets in quickly
  • Wears off quickly
  • Reduces the gag reflex
  • Eases anxiety
  • Relaxes the body

When you leave the office, your child will feel like themselves again. They can go back to school the same day if you choose to have them do so. 

What should my child expect while getting laughing gas?

Nitrous oxide is completely colorless and odorless. The team places a mask over your child’s nose so they can breathe in the laughing gas just before their treatment starts. Your child should breathe in through their nose as they normally would, and the laughing gas takes effect in minutes. 

The gas slows down your child’s nervous system, which settles their anxiety and helps them sit still. They’ll feel a bit lightheaded and heavy in the arms and legs, but they’ll feel calm and relaxed most of all. When the procedure is complete, your child’s dentist takes the mask off their face and the effects wear off shortly after that. 

Right after the team removes your child’s mask, they administer pure oxygen to your child for around five minutes. This helps them become more alert and avoid headaches or other unwanted side effects. 

Can my child benefit from laughing gas?

Laughing gas is a safe dental sedative option that works well for children who are anxious about going to the dentist, have strong gag reflexes, or who have a hard time remaining still as they get dental work. The team at Herrin Pediatric Dentistry routinely uses laughing gas for nearly any procedure available in the office, including:

  • Crown preparation
  • Cavity fillings
  • Pulpotomies
  • Wisdom teeth extractions

If you believe your child could benefit from this service, you can talk to the team at Herrin Pediatric Dentistry during your child’s next visit and see if laughing gas is available for their next procedure. 

To schedule an appointment for your child and learn more about laughing gas, call Herrin Pediatric Dentistry or book an appointment online today.