Is Laughing Gas Safe for Kids?
Laughing gas, also known as nitrous oxide is a commonly used mild sedative agent in dentistry. It is generally considered safe for children when administered by a trained and licensed dental professional.
Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask that is placed over the nose. It works by helping to relax patients and reduce anxiety during dental procedures. It has a rapid onset of action and can be easily adjusted to the desired level of sedation. It is also easy to reverse the effects of nitrous oxide, making it a safe choice for children.
When inhaled, nitrous oxide produces a feeling of hapiness and a sense of detachment from one’s surroundings. Some children may also experience a feeling of warmth or tingling, as well as a feeling of floating or weightlessness.
Nitrous oxide is often described as producing a dreamy or floaty feeling, and many children find it enjoyable. The effects of nitrous oxide can vary from person to person, and the intensity of the effects can be easily adjusted by the dentist administering the nitrous oxide.
It’s important to note that nitrous oxide is a conscious sedative, which means that you will remain awake and able to communicate with the dental team while under the influence of the gas. However, you may feel less anxious and more relaxed during the procedure.
The effects of nitrous oxide typically wear off quickly after the gas is stopped, and most people are able to resume normal activities immediately after the procedure.