If your child struggles with dental anxiety, coming in for even a routine exam and cleaning can be a source of strife for the entire family. That’s why Reem I. Alhussain, DDS, Ibrahim Y. Alhussain, DMD, and the team at Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry, in Vienna and Tysons, Virginia, offer nitrous oxide to help make dental visits easier for children to tolerate. To see if nitrous oxide might help your child, schedule a consultation online or over the phone today.
For medical purposes, nitrous oxide is combined with oxygen, and this blend of gasses creates what is known as laughing gas. The gas runs through a mask that your child wears over their nose. As they breathe in, the effects of the nitrous oxide begin.
Nitrous oxide won’t cause your child to lose consciousness. It will simply help them relax and get through treatment more easily. There’s evidence to suggest that nitrous oxide also increases pain tolerance. Some children, as well as adults, also report feeling as though time passes more quickly when using nitrous oxide.
Nitrous oxide is among the safest types of sedatives available. The effects begin very quickly and can be adjusted to suit your child’s needs. Furthermore, the effects end very quickly after your child begins breathing straight oxygen again.
One reason your dentist and many parents prefer nitrous oxide is because it doesn’t cause kids to lose consciousness during use. Your child will still be aware of their surroundings and can answer questions and respond to requests.
In order to be effective, nitrous oxide must be breathed in through your child’s nose. If they have a medical condition that limits nasal breathing, nitrous oxide might not be the best fit.
Furthermore, if your child can’t tolerate wearing the mask, has severe nasal congestion, or has severe dental anxiety, your dentist may not recommend using nitrous oxide. In those cases, Dr. Alhussain will work with you to find a better sedative option.
If you want to see if nitrous oxide might help your child, schedule a consultation with Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry online or over the phone today.