Benjamin C. Youel DDS, MS
David Hertzberg, DDS, MS

160 Commerce Drive,
Suite 101
Grayslake, IL 60030
Tel: 847-548-4330

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

nitrous oxide sedation

Most children are calm and confident at their dental/orthodontic visits. Sometimes, however, a child may need more than a gentle, caring manner to feel comfortable with the experience. In this case, nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas, is a safe and highly effective technique used to relax fearful children.


Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen is a blend of the gases oxygen and nitrous oxide. When inhaled into the lungs, it has a calming effect. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is introduced through the nose and has a sweet, pleasant aroma. It is absorbed through the lungs and eliminated with normal breathing. While breathing the nitrous oxide, a sense of well being and relaxation will prevail. Physically, the child will have a tingling sensation in the fingers and toes. If the sounds or sensations of dental/orthodontic treatment frighten your child, he or she will likely respond more positively with the use of nitrous oxide.


Nitrous oxide is perhaps the safest sedative in dentistry today. It is non-addictive, mild, and quickly eliminated by the body.


Nitrous oxide does not work for every child, as they are not all alike. Children with severe anxiety or nasal congestion, for example, may be better served using other measures.


If your child experiences apprehension over dental/orthodontic appointments, do not attempt to explain what will be done at their visits. Dr. Benjamin C. Youel DDS., MS and his staff have their own terminology and will explain the treatment to your child in "soft" or non-threatening terms. Also, be sure to discuss your child's fears with Dr. Youel. Together you will determine if nitrous oxide is right for your child.


There is a small fee for using nitrous oxide analgesia that is not included in the total cost of treatment and most insurance plans do not cover (ADA Code 9230). Remember, it is not only your right but also your responsibility to know your insurance coverage details.


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