Laughing gas during pediatric dental visits

Pediatric Dentist Michelle Kelman, DDS, shares advice for parents on what what determines whether or not it is right for your child to use laughing gas during pediatric dental visits
Should Your Child Use Laughing Gas At Pediatric Dental Visits
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Laughing gas during pediatric dental visits

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Laughing gas is used in pediatric dental offices basically to alleviate the anxiety of a child. It's a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen gas that's titrated in safe quantities based on the child's weight. Laughing gas is best used when a child is cooperative, but anxious, possibly uncomfortable with sensory sounds, the stimulation of the drill in the mouth, or anything that could bother the child. However, laughing gas isn't for everyone, and it's best to discuss if your child is the right fit for laughing gas, depending on - are they combative in a chair? Are they cooperative? Are they more scared, or are they just uncooperative? There's a lot of factors. You should also discuss your child's pediatric history with your dentist prior to scheduling an appointment using laughing gas.

Pediatric Dentist Michelle Kelman, DDS, shares advice for parents on what what determines whether or not it is right for your child to use laughing gas during pediatric dental visits

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Michelle Kelman, DDS

Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Michelle M. Kelman is a specialist in pediatric and adolescent dentistry for healthy children and children with complex medical history. Dr. Michelle is on the Pediatric Surgical Team and Craniofacial Team at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and on faculty at the UCLA School of Dentistry, Pediatrics. Dr. Michelle has lectured internationally and taught continuing education courses on topics including pediatric patient behavior management and advancements in pediatric dentistry. These advancements include everything from equipment technology to introducing complementary and alternative therapies for your child's health needs. Active in the community, Dr. Michelle has offered numerous pediatric oral healthcare presentations to community groups, professional organizations and various healthcare professionals around the country with a special emphasis on pediatric behavior management and dental treatment using both traditional and natural methods for children with various medical conditions.

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