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What is laughing gas?

Once your child breathes the laughing gas in, it takes effect within minutes. While your child won’t necessarily feel giggly, they should feel calm and relaxed throughout the procedure. Though they’re awake, they may not remember all the details of their appointment.

We’ll have your child breathe in the laughing gas when it’s time to begin the procedure. When the treatment is complete, they’ll breathe oxygen for a few minutes to flush the remaining laughing gas out of their system.

What to expect after using laughing gas sedation

After laughing gas sedation, it's common for kids to experience mild drowsiness and confusion; this usually goes away within 30-60 minutes after the procedure. Your child may have nausea and vomiting. Have them drink clear fluids and eat light foods until it goes away. They may have an unpleasant taste in their mouth or a mild headache.

Someone responsible should accompany your child home and stay with them for the first 24 hours after the sedation. It's important to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your dentist.

What are the benefits?

Laughing gas has several advantages that make it ideal for our patients:

Laughing gas is safe to use

Laughing gas is a safe solution for pain management during your child's dental treatment. Since they’re awake during the procedure, laughing gas doesn’t have the risks that are associated with deeper levels of sedation.

The effects of laughing gas wear off within minutes

Once your child stops breathing in the laughing gas, it only takes a few minutes for the gas to leave their body. They won’t feel groggy or disoriented, and they can resume many of their normal activities the same day as their procedure.

The procedure will be quicker

Laughing gas sedation enables patients to remain comfortable and cooperative during their dental treatments. This helps us complete the procedure as quickly as possible.

Laughing Gas in Queens & Brooklyn, NY - Downtown Braces & Children's Dentistry

Laughing Gas, Queens & Brooklyn, New York


Laughing gas sedation uses a gas that you breathe in via a mask that fits over your nose

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