Nitrous Oxide Sedation in Chevy Chase, MD

Gentle Care for Our Young Patients

At Metropolitan Pediatric Dentistry in Chevy Chase, MD, we are committed to making dental visits as comfortable and stress-free as possible for our young patients. Understanding that children may feel anxious about dental treatments, we are pleased to offer nitrous oxide sedation, a safe and effective solution to help ease your child’s dental visit. 

What is Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide, often referred to as “laughing gas,” is a mild sedative that is inhaled through a small mask placed over the nose.

It is a blend of nitrous oxide and oxygen, and it works quickly to relax patients, reducing anxiety and discomfort during dental procedures.

The effects of nitrous oxide are mild, and it wears off quickly after the mask is removed, allowing children to return to their normal activities shortly after their appointment. 


Benefits of Nitrous Oxide for Pediatric Dental Patients

  • Eases anxiety: Nitrous oxide helps to calm nervous or fearful children, making them more comfortable during their dental visit.
  • Minimizes discomfort: It can reduce the sensation of pain and help children stay still, allowing for quicker and more efficient treatment.
  • Safe and Controllable: Nitrous oxide sedation is both safe and easily controllable. The effects begin quickly after inhalation and can be adjusted throughout the procedure to ensure comfort.
  • Quick recovery: After the mask is removed, the effects of nitrous oxide wear off within minutes, with no lingering drowsiness or side effects. 

Uses for Nitrous Oxide in Pediatric Dentistry

Nitrous oxide is versatile and can be used for a variety of dental procedures, from routine cleanings to more involved treatments. It is particularly helpful for children who:

  • Experience dental anxiety or fear
  • Have a low pain threshold
  • Need to undergo longer dental procedures
  • Have a strong gag reflex that interferes with dental treatment
  • Require multiple dental treatments in one visit  

Our Commitment to Your Child’s Comfort

At Metropolitan Pediatric Dentistry, our top priority is the well-being and comfort of our young patients. We understand that every child is unique, and we are dedicated to providing personalized care that meets their individual needs. Nitrous oxide sedation is just one of the many tools we use to ensure your child’s dental experience is positive, fear-free, and as comfortable as possible.

If you have any questions about nitrous oxide sedation or if you would like to discuss whether it is a suitable option for your child, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team is here to provide the information and support you need to make the best decisions for your child’s dental health. 

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Meet Dr. Ricardo Perez

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist in Chevy Chase, MD

Dr. Ricardo A. Perez is a proud native of Colombia, a Bethesda resident, and one of Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Pediatric Dentists for 25 years. With over 35 years of experience in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Perez follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, offering a legacy of dental excellence. His passion for pediatric dentistry goes beyond the clinic, as he’s often found engaging in community activities and mission trips to help families within our neighborhood and beyond.

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Metropolitan Pediatric Dentistry
Office Hours
Monday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed