Is It Safe for Kids to Use Laughing Gas?


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Laughing gas is safe for children provided that it is administered by a trained dental professional. Some children refuse the laughing gas out of fear or discomfort from the mask that must be placed over the nose.

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Is It Safe for Kids to Use Laughing Gas?
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Also known as "nitrous oxide," laughing gas is used for pain relief and relaxation during complicated dental procedures. It is a mild sedative that may cause slurred speech. The patient may feel happy or silly. It is administered with a small mask placed over the nose and mouth and takes effect within five minutes. It does not put the patient to sleep but leaves him in a relaxed, cooperative state so dental work can be completed.

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