Nitrous oxide sedation for children

Lachgassedierung für Kinder

The “magic air” for the dental treatment of children

Nitrous oxide – the magic air for children – also enables dental treatment for small patients. With the help of nitrous oxide sedation, fear and stress can be minimized and deep relaxation can be generated.

Laughing gas, the so-called nitrous oxide, N20 for short, is a non-allergenic, non-irritating gas that affects the central nervous system. It has been used successfully in medicine, especially for the treatment of patients with dental phobia for more than 150 years.

A mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide is sent through a small nasal mask. Your child can choose between different “magic air scents” such as bubblegum, orange, strawberry or grape. The concentration of laughing gas is individually tailored for your child and gradually increased until a pleasant and feeling of relaxation is created. This is achieved after only 2 to 3 minutes. After completing the dental treatment, your child breathes in oxygen for a few more minutes until the laughing gas is no longer effective and can leave the practice without any impairment.

The nitrous oxide helps the child relax during the dental treatment, thereby reducing feelings of fear. Just like with fear, the feeling of pain also decreases. Your child will remain conscious and responsive during the treatment.

There is no defined age. Your child must be cooperative and able to breathe through the nasal mask. With restricted nasal breathing (e.g. with a severe cold, flu, mouth breathing) this is not possible.

Nitrous oxide sedation is a very safe and low-complication process that is used by millions of people worldwide. Since laughing gas is not metabolized by the body, but is completely exhaled, it poses no complications. Very rarely nausea or slight dizziness can occur, which can, however, which will stop after switching off the nitrous oxide supply and inhaling oxygen. There are only a few cases that dismiss the use of nitrous oxide sedation. Your dentist can clarify these in advance in a preliminary consultation so that the choice of the patient is safe and risks are excluded.

It is important that we know the health condition of your child before the treatment. Therefore, please inform us about all medications that your child might be taking, any existing diseases or surgeries that were undertaken. It is recommended to have a light meal before the treatment ,and not to eat or drink about 2 hours before the appointment.

Pregnant women should not be in the treatment room during nitrous oxide sedation.

The dentist decides in a detailed preliminary discussion whether your child is suitable for nitrous oxide sedation.

The costs of nitrous oxide sedation depend on the duration of the dental treatment. In addition, your child gets their own nasal mask, the scent which they can choosebased on their preferances.

Your pediatric dentists from CASA DENTALIS Kids in Berlin are there for you!


At the CASA DENTALIS Kids dental practice, we take the needed time for all of our patients and respond to your wishes and needs. Interested in nitrous oxide sedation? We would be happy to explain the individual steps in detail to you personally.

Make an appointment today to find out more about nitrous oxide sedation with your dentist in Berlin at one of our practices in Berlin-Lichterfelde, at Schlachtensee or at Roseneck. Please use our convenient callback service or book an appointment using our online appointment form. Your team at CASA DENTALIS, your dentists in Berlin, looks forward to seeing you!

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