Conclusion

The availability of nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia/anxiolysis to the pediatric patient results in a win/win situation for the patient and dentist. The patient has the opportunity to experience dental treatment in a non-threatening comfortable environment, which will encourage returning for a lifetime of dental treatment without the anxiety and anticipation of discomfort. It provides the dentist with the opportunity to render optimum dental treatment by having the ability to concentrate on clinical technique, rather than behavior management, resulting in less stress and greater satisfaction. When used according to recommended guidelines, it is a safe method for managing patient anxiety associated with dental treatment.