Nitrous Oxide for Children


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Sedation Pediatric Dentistry in Bentonville, AR

At My Village Pediatric Dentistry, we strive to provide expert pediatric dental care in a fun, friendly, and welcoming office environment. Our doctors and highly trained team work to treat every patient on an individual basis, and we have the knowledge and experience necessary to make every visit a pleasant experience for all involved - even the little ones. For some children, though, the thought of going to the dentist's office is just too scary: and that's where nitrous oxide can help.

A Safe Way for a Happy Smile

Nitrous oxide is a colorless, slightly-sweet-smelling gas that's been used in medicine for over a hundred years. In dentistry, nitrous oxide is used as a conscious sedative, letting a patient feel happy, relaxed, and stress-free while still remaining awake for a procedure. It's safe, effective, and the effects wear off within minutes after the patient stops receiving the gas.

How We Administer Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide couldn't be easier to receive. We administer the gas through a small, clear mask that fits comfortably over the nose, and the mask ensures that the gas is always mixed with oxygen and kept at a safe level. Once we confirm that the patient is feeling the effects, we'll begin the procedure, and the patient can remain free from stress and anxiety throughout the whole process.

Keep in mind that nitrous oxide isn't the same as a local or general anesthetic, as it's classed as an anxiolytic – an anxiety reliever. For many procedures, though, anesthetic isn't needed, and nitrous oxide can help a child feel calm and comfortable throughout the treatment process. During the procedure, your child will still be fully conscious and capable of speaking, and we can adjust the dosage to make sure they're comfortable and alert. After completing the procedure, we'll turn the flow of the gas down to zero, and in just a few minutes, your child will feel completely back to normal.

Is Nitrous Oxide Right for My Child?

Nitrous oxide can help any child who's particularly anxious or frightened of a dental appointment overcome that anxiety and have a pleasant experience during the procedure. Before treatment, we'll take a comprehensive medical history and to ensure that nitrous oxide will be a safe choice for your child. If we decide to use it, nitrous oxide can help any child have a great experience at our office - and when they're finished, they won't remember a thing.

Contact Your Rogers, AR Orthodontists

Nitrous oxide makes it easy to visit the dentist, and if you think your child might benefit from conscious sedation, we're happy to speak with you about it. Feel free to reach out to us at our contact page with any questions, shoot us an email at, or request an appointment online at our Bentonville or Rogers, AR office.

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