As a Pediatric Dentist, we also use Sedation dentistry; this refers to the use of sedation during dental treatment in a child. Pediatric Dental Sedation is commonly used during extensive procedures, for infants, children or teens with dental phobia or for those who find it challenging to sit still. There are different types of sedation in children, the mildest form being the use of nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”). The use of oral sedatives, IV sedation, or general anesthesia are more significant types of sedation. Any of our Pediatric dentists offer all kinds of sedation. Nitrous oxide, oral sedatives, IV sedation, and general anesthesia. Before using any sedative, it is essential to tell us about any medications your child is receiving. As well, if your child doesn’t feel well or has a mild cold the day of the procedure, the appointment will be rescheduled.
The use of nitrous oxide can be used to calm an infant, children or teen, who has dental phobia, low pain tolerance, physical handicaps, strong gag reflexes, or needs primary dental treatment. Before administering any sedative or anesthetic, we will talk to you about the process of sedation and pre-and post-sedation instructions.
Nitrous oxide is more commonly known as laughing gas, since it may produce a feeling of giddiness. The gas is administered via a fitted mask placed over the nose. The reason why it works best in children four and older is because of the need for cooperation for this.
Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and has a calming effect that helps children relax during their dental treatment and in the presence of a Pediatric Dentist. Because it is a mild sedative, children are still conscious and can talk throughout the visit. After treatment, the nitrous is turned off and 100% oxygen is administered to help flush out any remaining gas. The effects wear off almost immediately. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects, although some children may experience minor nausea and constipation.