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Nitrous Oxide

Some children may feel anxious before or during treatment and may need more support than a gentle, caring manner to feel comfortable. Our pediatric dentist can provide these children with nitrous oxide/oxygen, or what you may know as laughing gas, to relax your child for his or her dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is given through a small breathing mask that is placed over the child’s nose, allowing the child to relax, but without inducing sleep.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective way for treating a child’s dental anxiety. The gas is mild, and easily adminsitered. Through normal breathing, it is quickly eliminated from the body. It is non-addictive. When inhaling nitrous oxide in Phoenix, Arizona, your child remains fully conscious. Additionally, it works well for children at Tooth Club For Kids whose gag reflexes interfere with dental treatment.

Prior to your appointment with Dr. McKay Garrett, call 602-843-1275 and:

  • Please inform us of any change to your child’s health and/or medical condition.
  • Tell us about any respiratory condition that makes breathing through the nose difficult for your child. It may limit the effectiveness of the nitrous oxide/oxygen.
  • Let us know if your child has taken any medication on the day of the appointment.