Laughing Gas Specialist

Brody Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry located in Aventura, FL & Miami Beach, FL

Your child's comfort is a top priority for the team at Brody Pediatric Dentistry. At their offices in Aventura and Miami Beach, Florida, Michael Brody, DDS, and Dana Storch, DDS, provide laughing gas to help children and teens relax during dental procedures and routine visits. Laughing gas is a safe, effective form of sedation that can improve your child’s dental experience. To learn more, call Brody Pediatric Dentistry or schedule an appointment online today.

Laughing Gas Q & A

What is laughing gas?

Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, is a form of sedation that your child inhales. The gas, mixed with oxygen, helps children relax at Brody Pediatric Dentistry. 

Laughing gas is the mildest type of sedation in dentistry. The team places a mask over your child’s nose so they can breathe in the gas. Nitrous oxide typically begins to take effect within minutes of inhaling. 

When is laughing gas used?

Nitrous oxide is the most commonly used sedative for children because it produces a euphoric effect without putting them to sleep. The team at Brody Pediatric Dentistry often recommends laughing gas for children who:

  • Need multiple dental procedures
  • Have dental anxiety or phobias
  • Have special needs
  • Struggle to sit still
  • Are sensitive to certain noises, feelings, or odors
  • Have a low pain tolerance
  • Have a sensitive gag reflex
  • Need complex dental treatments

To reduce pain, the team may also apply or inject a local anesthetic, which numbs the teeth and gums during treatment.

What can I expect from laughing gas?

When you arrive at Brody Pediatric Dentistry, the team asks your child to relax in the dentist’s chair before placing a mask over their nose. Next, your child inhales the gas mixed with oxygen. 

Over the next few minutes, your child should feel comfortable and relaxed. Nitrous oxide may cause your child to feel lightheaded. Their limbs may also feel heavy and tingly. Once nitrous oxide takes effect, your child may not be fully aware of their surroundings or the procedure itself. However, they should remain awake and conscious.

Unlike oral or IV sedation, the effects of laughing gas don’t last very long. After the visit, the effects of nitrous oxide typically wear off within a few minutes. Teens can even drive themselves home at the end of their appointment.

The most common side effects of laughing gas are fatigue and dizziness. Your child may feel tired immediately after treatment, but that effect should subside shortly after the visit. 

To learn more about laughing gas, call Brody Pediatric Dentistry or schedule an appointment online now.