About Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous Oxide has been offered as an option to assist in treating your child. Nitrous Oxide is an inhaled anti-anxiety agent more commonly known as “laughing gas” because of its effects. It is delivered to your child via a nasal mask, which is placed over your child’s nose.
During the appointment your child needs to be able to breathe through his/her nose. Nasal congestion would not allow nasal respiration, which would make the nitrous oxide ineffective. If nasal congestion is present, the appointment must be rescheduled.
It is necessary for your child to fast before his/her visit. If the appointment were late morning a very light breakfast would be all right. (Example: one half piece-toast and a small glass of juice.)
Any female that remains in the treatment room should not be pregnant.
Nitrous Oxide does not eliminate the need for local anesthesia or “Novocain.” Any procedure that would need anesthesia without nitrous oxide would also need anesthesia when nitrous oxide is used.
At the end of the visit, your child will be breathing 100% oxygen. The nitrous oxide will be totally removed from his/her system.
If local anesthesia has been administered, it will take a while to wear off. You will be given instructions on what to do following any local anesthesia.
The appointment with the use of nitrous oxide entails special office preparation and exclusive reservation of office space. We require at least 48 hours of notice for a change to these appointments.
If you have any questions on this important matter please ask one of our staff. We will be happy to assist you.