Nitrous Oxide – Fort Washington, PA

Safely Easing Dental Anxiety & Fear

Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide sedation dentistry in Fort Washington is the most frequently used method for easing mild to moderate dental anxiety in children. So, if your child struggles with a fear of needles, the dentist, or the sights and sounds of the dental office, this may be the solution you’ve been looking for! To learn more about nitrous oxide sedation, you can schedule an appointment with us or read on.

Why Choose Upper Dublin Pediatric Dentistry for Nitrous Oxide?

  • Board-Certified Dentist in Fort Washington
  • Dental Insurance Welcome
  • Equipped with the Latest Dental Technology

Who is a Good Candidate for Nitrous Oxide?

Child smiling while dentist and parents discuss nitrous oxide

Candidacy for nitrous oxide is determined on a case-by-case basis. After all, if your child has a condition that makes it difficult for them to breathe through their nose, nitrous oxide won’t effectively alleviate their stress or anxiety. With that said, this calming solution is a good fit for a wide range of patients since it’s mild, but effective. Ultimately, the best way to find out if nitrous oxide sedation is a good fit for your child is by scheduling an appointment with our Fort Washington pediatric dental team.

How Does Nitrous Oxide Work? 

Child breathing in nitrous oxide while dentist examines their teeth

The process of administering nitrous oxide begins at your child’s appointment. After they settle into the treatment chair, we will place a small mask over their nose and ask them not to breathe through their mouth. As the odorless, colorless gas begins to work, your child will feel any anxiety, stress, or tension melt away. They will still be awake too, which means that they can easily talk with Dr. Gardner and respond to any verbal cues she gives.

Aftercare for Nitrous Oxide

Child smiling at reflection in tooth-shaped mirror

At the end of your child’s dental appointment, they will resume breathing regular oxygen. Within a matter of minutes, all the effects of nitrous oxide will disappear, which means they will be able to resume their daily routine as usual. With enough time, your child may develop a more positive association with going to the dentist and become more comfortable during dental visits. At that point, nitrous oxide may not be necessary anymore!