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Nitrous Oxide FAQ’s

Nitrous Oxide “Laughing Gas” FAQ’s

What is Nitrous Oxide and how is it used in dentistry?

Nitrous Oxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is used to help reduce pain and anxiety for dental procedures.  Nitrous oxide is used in combination with oxygen for dental procedures.  Levels are easily and quickly adjustable to patient comfort. 

Can my child eat before his/her appointment?

We encourage your child to eat a light meal two hours before the appointment.  To reduce the risk of nausea, avoid heavy meals such as hamburgers and french fries prior to the appointment.

Will my child be sedated?

No.  Nitrous oxide alone will not sedate your child.  Your child will be able to communicate and respond to questions. 

What are the side effects of Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide has a proven long history of being and safe and effective during dental procedures.  A rare side effect is nausea or vomiting during the procedure.

Can my child go back to school after having Nitrous Oxide?

Yes.  Recovery from nitrous oxide is rapid.  Your child will breathe 100% Oxygen for six minutes at the end of his/her appointment to remove all the effects of the nitrous oxide.  Your child may return to normal activities unless otherwise instructed.

Can my child eat after having Nitrous Oxide?

Yes, your child may eat after the procedure if no local anesthesia was administered.  If local anesthesia was administered, your child will be numb for the next 2-3 hours and may have liquids or soft foods that do not require chewing.  Once the numbness has worn away, your child may resume a normal diet unless otherwise instructed. 

Dr. Amy Adair purchases Dr. Carol Wooddell’s pediatric dental practice

Author: Dr. Amy Adair

This first blog is an introduction of how my family found our way to Northern Virginia.

My husband and I moved to Burke, VA in 2012.  We were very fortunate to be “co-located” for our military assignments.  I was stationed in Bethesda, MD and my husband, Steve, in Quantico, VA.  We decided to move to here because it seemed to be a good compromise for both of our commutes.

Shortly after moving here, a neighbor introduced me to her good friend Dr. Carol Wooddell.  I was contemplating transitioning out of the military, so I started working a couple days a month in her office.   It didn’t take long to realize that Dr. Wooddell had created something special.  Over the past several years I have gotten to know her staff very well, and I have met many of her patients.

To be completely honest, it was a difficult decision for my husband and I to both separate from our active duty military careers.  The transition into civilian life and figuring out “what we want to do when we grow up” came with a lot of unanticipated stressors.   Our friends, neighbors, the schools and the entire Burke community made it clear, though, that this is where we want to raise our family.

I do not take for granted the opportunity to continue the legacy Dr. Wooddell has created.  I am honored that she has “passed the baton” to me and I look forward to meeting and serving our local families for many years to come!