Nitrous Oxide

Everyone knows the stereotype: A trip to the dentist is a frightening experience, especially for children. But with Dr. Sundin, that’s just a myth! We do everything possible to make sure each visit is enjoyable. We are experts in allaying fear and soothing nerves. Our compassionate pediatric dentist works with our team of assistants and office staff to ease any concerns your child may have.  
From the moment you walk through our doors to the time you leave, our warm and friendly environment will relieve your child’s fear and impress upon them the importance of good dental hygiene in a supportive, kid-friendly way. Parents can also accompany children back to the dental rooms.

Nitrous Oxide Analgesia

All of our patients breathe nitrous oxide/oxygen during operative procedures.This relaxes your child without putting them to sleep and is very safe.The American Academy Of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes this analgesia as being safe,non-addictive and quickly eliminated from the body.

Nitrous Oxide Analgesia

  • What is nitrous oxide/oxygen? +

    Nitrous oxide/oxygen (N2O-O2) is a blend of two gases-oxygen and nitrous oxide. A fitted mask is placed over the nose and, as the patient breathes normally, uptake occurs through the lungs. At the end of treatment, it is eliminated after a short period of breathing oxygen and has no lingering effects.
  • How will my child feel when breathing nitrous oxide/oxygen? +

    Your child will smell a faint sweet aroma and experience a sense of well-being and relaxation. Since it may produce a feeling of giddiness or euphoria, it is often called “laughing gas.” Children sometimes report dreaming and their arms and legs may feel “tingly.” It raises the pain threshold and may even make the time appear to pass quickly. If your child is worried by the sights, sounds or sensations of dental treatment, he or she may respond more positively with the use of nitrous oxide/oxygen.
  • How safe is nitrous oxide/oxygen? +

    Very safe. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is perhaps the safest sedative in dentistry. It is well tolerated. It has a rapid onset, is reversible, can be adjusted in various concentrations and is non-allergenic. Your child remains fully conscious-keeps all natural reflexes-when breathing nitrous oxide/oxygen. He/she will be capable of responding to a question or request. Nitrous oxide/oxygen may also be used in combination with other sedative agents.
  • Are there any special instructions for nitrous oxide/oxygen? +

    First, give your child little or no food in the two hours preceding the dental visit (occasionally, nausea or vomiting occurs when a child has a full stomach). Second, tell your pediatric dentist about any respiratory condition that makes breathing through the nose difficult for your child, as it may limit the effectiveness of nitrous oxide/oxygen. Third, tell your pediatric dentist if your child is taking any medications on the day of the appointment.
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