We know that going to the dentist may be scary for children, so we strive to make every child feel at ease! In order to comfort your child and make their treatment experience that much easier, we provide:
Nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”)
Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, is a safe and effective method used to help apprehensive or anxious patients relax during their dental treatment and provides a way for the patients to not be aware of the injection of local anesthetics. It is almost always used in conjunction with a local anesthetic, but is some cases can be the sole method of preventing discomfort for our patients. Patients remain alert, awake and can talk to the dentist and staff during their treatment. The onset is quick, the effects are fully reversible, and recovery is rapid (2-5 minutes). When treatment is complete, the nitrous is turned off and oxygen is administered for 5 to 10 minutes to help flush any remaining gas. The effects wear off almost immediately. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects, although some patients may experience minor nausea.
Sedation can range from the use of nitrous oxide to calm a patient to general anesthetics used to have patients asleep for procedures. Very young patients or those patients with special needs, dental phobia, major dental treatment, or physical handicaps may require general anesthesia when nitrous oxide sedation isn’t effective enough.
We work with a certified dental anesthesiologist to care for your child during general anesthesia. These highly-trained doctors administer anesthesia to infants and children.
Before using any anesthetic, it is important to tell us about any medications or medical treatments your child is receiving. Our doctors will explain the process of sedation and give you pre- and post-sedation instructions.