Creating Positive Dental Experiences by Managing Anxiety

Managing dental anxiety in children.

At the Pediatric Dental Center in Kentucky, we know that positive dental experiences during childhood set the foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles and confident dental visits. Our team is dedicated to providing preventative-based care to keep your child’s teeth healthy, but we also understand that there may be times when additional dental treatment is necessary.

In these situations, we may recommend sedation options such as laughing gas to help ease any potential anxiety your child might feel. Our pediatric dentists are specially trained and licensed to offer sedation dentistry, ensuring your child has a comfortable and relaxing experience. Before any sedation treatment, we’ll discuss the risks and benefits with you, and we encourage you to ask any questions you might have.

Laughing Gas for Calm and Content Dental Visits

Laughing gas is a mild sedative that can help your child feel calm and content during their dental appointment. It creates a state of relaxation while allowing your child to stay awake and responsive. This option can be particularly helpful for children who:

  • Require lengthy or complex dental work
  • Have difficulty sitting still for extended periods
  • Have a strong gag reflex or other concerns that make dental work challenging
  • Have had previous negative experiences with dentistry

During the appointment, your child will breathe in the laughing gas through a small face mask. The gas is mixed with oxygen and is completely safe. Once the mask is removed, your child will quickly return to their normal state of awareness.

Common Questions About Laughing Gas

  • How will my child feel while breathing the gas? Your child will experience a sense of relaxation and may notice a sweet, pleasant aroma. This helps children feel more comfortable with the sights, sounds, and sensations of dental treatment.
  • Are there special instructions for laughing gas? It’s best for your child to have little to no food before the appointment to avoid potential nausea or vomiting. Please let us know of any respiratory conditions or medications your child is taking.
  • Are there any contraindications? If your child has a middle ear infection, they should not be exposed to laughing gas, as the gases could accumulate in the body and cause further issues.

Reach Out to Us with Any Questions

At the Pediatric Dental Center, our friendly and knowledgeable staff are ready to answer your questions and put your mind at ease. We have convenient locations in Burlington and Cold Spring, serving the Northern Kentucky communities of Florence, Hebron, Covington, Erlanger, and Independence.

For a calmer and more peaceful dental experience, ask our doctors about sedation dentistry options. Contact us today to learn more!

Contact the Pediatric Dental Center for a positive dentist experience!

5495 N Bend Rd Ste 102
Burlington, Kentucky 41005

Phone: 859-334-1248

220 Thomas More Pkwy
Crestview Hills, KY 41017
Phone: 859-341-3012

418 Cross Roads Blvd
Cold Spring, KY 41076
Phone: 859-898-2273