Dr. Conner specializes in gentle and comprehensive pediatric dentistry. Whether your child is having a filling and you’re interested in keeping them comfortable with laughing gas, or your child is having dental surgery that requires general anesthesia, we’re here to help. To learn more or schedule a consultation with Dr. Conner, give us a call today!
Laughing gas is very safe and is a great option to help our little patients feel relaxed throughout their dental treatment. Dr. Conner will place a comfortable mask over your child’s nose, and a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide will be sent through the mask. Then, your child will breathe deeply through their nose throughout the procedure.
Your child will feel “floaty” and disconnected from what’s happening around them, and they will be less likely to experience pain or discomfort during their procedure. They may even find what’s happening funny and giggle, which is why “laughing gas” has its name.
The side effects of laughing gas are rare and minor. Typically, they are limited to dizziness or minor nausea. These effects will typically wear off within a few minutes after treatment stops.
Why should your child be sedated with laughing gas? Here are a few of the benefits of choosing laughing gas sedation for their procedure.
Your child won’t have to feel scared of the dental drill, local anesthetic, or anything else during their appointment, and will feel more safe and relaxed.
Unlike some other types of sedation, laughing gas keeps your child conscious and responsive to commands throughout their entire procedure, so you can check in on them throughout their procedure and make sure they feel okay.
While other types of sedation take hours to wear off, laughing gas wears off within about 5-10 minutes of your child’s procedure. You and your child can quickly get back to your normal day-to-day routine.
Young children with generalized dental disease may require treatment to be completed while they are "asleep" or fully under general anesthesia. In some cases, this is the best and most safe option for children to have treatment completed. Treatment in the OR also allows us to protect them from having a traumatic experience in the dental clinic. Specially trained anesthesia professionals administer medications and monitor your child in the OR while Dr. Conner completes the dental procedures. Our goal is always to provide the safest, most comfortable treatment possible.
Your child will feel very “out of it” after being sedated with general anesthesia. Common side effects include dizziness and confusion, memory loss, slight tenderness or bruising where the IV needle was placed, an upset stomach, or shivering or feeling cold. These symptoms usually pass quickly within a few hours.