Nitrous oxide sedation or laughing gas (funny gas) in pediatric dentistry

What is laughing gas or funny gas

Nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry for over 150 years.

  • It is mixed with oxygen so that patients can inhale and benefit from the sedative effect, while normal breathing is not affected.
  • Nitrous oxide sedation is a very safe procedure used by doctors from DENT ESTET 4 KIDS certified in using this treatment methods.

How laughing gas works

In addition to the relaxing effect, laughing gas also releases an amount of dopamine, responsible for a state of happiness and euphoria.

Therefore, nitrous oxide treatment helps the child to relax, to be calmer, to cooperate more easily and do not feel pain or discomfort.

How to perform laughing gas sedation

Sedation procedure uses a special mask, which is placed over the nose and the laughing gas is inhaled throughout the dental procedure.

The use of nitrous oxide reduces pain and induces a state of relaxation, but throughout the period of sedation the patient remains conscious, responding to all the requirements of the dentist. The child is also monitored with a pulse oximeter throughout the session. 

When inhalo-sedation is required

Funny Gas treatment is recommended for:

  • Anxious children
  • Those who have suffered trauma in the dental office and have developed the fear of dentist
  • Children who have to perform complex dental treatments – the goals is not to expose the patient to additional stress

In these cases, Nitrous oxide sedation helps them to accept the dental treatment more easily

Is funny gas a safe procedure?

  • Laughing gas is 100% safe and used successfully by DENT ESTET 4 KIDS doctors.
  • It is recommended for children over 3 and a half years old
  • Nitrogen protoxide is non-allergic, has a rapid effect, and the dose given to children depends on how they react to its effect
  • The euphoric effect sets in 2 to 3 minutes after administration and disappears a few minutes after the sedation is stopped. For some people, it can take up to 15 minutes.
  • 100% Oxygen will be given at the end of the treatment to quickly eliminate the effect of the protoxide gas.