Purpose

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation as a safe and effective technique to reduce anxiety, produce analgesia, and enhance effective communication between a patient and health care provider. The need to diagnose and treat, as well as the safety of the patient and practitioner, should be considered before using nitrous oxide. By producing this guideline, the AAPD intends to assist the dental profession in developing appropriate practices in the use of nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia/anxiolysis for pediatric patients.