Laughing Gas

Easy Dental Care

Pediatric Dentists & Family Dentists located in Gainesville, VA

To keep your child comfortable and relaxed during any dental treatment, the compassionate staff at Easy Dental Care in Gainesville, Virginia, offers safe and effective sedation services, including laughing gas. Hisham Merdad, BDS, DSCD, and Zuwena Abraham, DDS, create custom care plans to safely administer nitrous oxide sedation before cleanings, fillings, extractions, and other treatments. Learn more about the benefits of laughing gas by scheduling a consultation online or by phone today.

Laughing Gas

What is laughing gas?

Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, is a type of sedation popular with pediatric patients who may fear dental procedures or have special needs that make dental visits difficult.

Nitrous oxide doesn’t put your child to sleep. Instead, the gas gently relaxes your child’s body, keeping them calm throughout necessary procedures.

How is laughing gas administered?

Just before your child’s dental work starts, Dr. Merdad places a mask over your child’s nose. He asks your child to breathe deeply, and within minutes, your child feels relaxed and happy.

Throughout the treatment, Dr. Merdad monitors the amount of gas your child receives and your child’s level of relaxation. At any point, he can reverse the effects of laughing gas very quickly without any side effects.

Dr. Merdad recommends that your child not eat heavy meals if they plan to use laughing gas before dental treatment. For some, mild nausea can result from the use of nitrous oxide and may increase the risk of your child becoming sick during dental work.

Is laughing gas safe?

Laughing gas is not only safe, but it’s also highly effective at helping your child relax throughout any dental treatment. In addition to the gas, your child receives a constant flow of oxygen through the mask to ensure they are breathing properly.

Your child remains awake and aware of what’s happening. However, they are so relaxed and happy, Dr. Merdad can safely complete all dental work without stressing out your child.

How will my child feel after using laughing gas?

Immediately after completing dental work, Dr. Merdad turns off the supply of nitrous oxide. He continues to deliver pure oxygen through the mask, helping to flush the nitrous oxide out of your child’s system.

After a few minutes of oxygen, your child begins to feel normal again and can return to their usual activities without side effects or limitations.

If your child avoids dental visits because of fear, ask about options for laughing gas sedation. Schedule a consultation online or by phone to learn more.