When your child is a little anxious to have their cavities fixed, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) may be a good option for them. It is recognized as a safe and effective way to reduce anxiety and provide analgesia. The goal of a nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation appointment is to help reduce anxiety, enhance communication and patient cooperation, raise the pain threshold, increase tolerance for longer procedures and reduce gagging. Our board-certified pediatric dentists will help determine if your child is a candidate for nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation.
Conscious Sedation is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs. It is used to calm your child and to reduce the anxiety or discomfort associated with dental treatments. Your child may become quite drowsy and may even fall asleep, but they will not become unconscious.
There are a variety of different medications that can be used for conscious sedation. Your dentist or dental anesthesiologist will prescribe the medication best suited for your child’s overall health and dental treatment plan. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have concerning the specific medicine we plan to administer to your child.
There are times when your child might not be able to tolerate or cooperate for necessary dental treatment due to extensive treatment needs, acute situational anxiety, uncooperative age-appropriate behavior, immature cognitive functioning, disabilities, or other medical conditions. If it is determined that your child would benefit and is a candidate for IV sedation, our board-certified dental anesthesiologist will administer the anesthesia and monitor your child while our board-certified pediatric dentist completes the necessary dental work.
Outpatient General Anesthesia is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs that do not work well under conscious sedation or I.V. sedation. General anesthesia renders your child completely asleep. This would be the same as if he/she was having their tonsils removed or having a hernia repaired. Outpatient General Anesthesia is performed in a hospital or outpatient setting only. While the assumed risks are greater than that of other treatment options, the benefits of this treatment greatly outweigh the risks. If this is not chosen, your child risks having multiple appointments, potential for physical restraint to complete treatment, and possible emotional and/or physical injury to your child in order to complete their dental treatment. The risks of NO treatment include tooth pain, infection, swelling, the spread of new decay, damage to their developing adult teeth and possible life threatening hospitalization from a dental infection