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Nitrous Oxide Sedation

At Riverside Pediatric Dentistry, we take every measure to ensure that your child feels welcome, safe, and relaxed under our care. However, we understand that dental phobia can be a very serious obstacle for some patients. We also understand that some patients have difficulty sitting for long periods. We offer nitrous oxide sedation as needed to ensure deep relaxation.

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Nitrous oxide is a safe means of helping patients who are anxious or have trouble sitting still receive the care they need.

Managing Childhood Dental Anxiety  

Fear of dental treatment can make your child resistant to undergoing essential procedures in the future, which can have serious consequences. In addition to helping patients feel calm, using nitrous oxide sedation allows our dentist to complete the procedures more efficiently, which makes visiting the dentist simpler for everyone. 

We strive to help your child maintain a beautiful, healthy smile as they grow. If your child suffers from extreme anxiety in the dentist's chair, or if he or she has difficulty sitting for the duration of treatment, nitrous oxide can help your child relax. Over time, this can translate to more positive associations with the dentist, fostering a lifetime of excellent oral health.

What is Nitrous Oxide? 

Nitrous oxide or "laughing gas" is a light form of sedation. This gas is inhaled through a face mask that is worn throughout the procedure. The mask will be placed over your child's nose and he or she can breathe as normal throughout the procedure.

Nitrous oxide is recognized as a safe and effective method of sedation for children by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. 

Within five minutes, patients begin to feel the effects of sedation, which will provide feelings of happiness or lightness of body while relieving stress. However, unlike deeper forms of sedation, it does not put patients to sleep and the effects subside within minutes of removing the mask. 

Is Nitrous Oxide Safe?

Nitrous oxide is recognized as a safe and effective method of sedation for children by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). 

Safe care is our priority. Our dentist and the team are trained to administer nitrous oxide sedation in the utmost safety. 

Child-Friendly Care

We pride ourselves on our ability to cater to our patients and to help them feel safe and secure under our care. Our dentist and staff are more than happy to explain the sedation process to your child in kid-friendly terms or discuss the effects of nitrous oxide with you at any time. To learn more about how we can create a pleasant dental experience for your child, contact us online or by phone at (646) 343-9599. 

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"Everything went perfect and smooth. My daughter felt safe and didn't cry. Going to the dentist felt like going out for fun."

-Sarah N.
New York, NY