Depending on the age, cooperation level, and amount of dental treatment that a child requires, conscious sedation is an option that can assist the child in coping more effectively with this process. Conscious sedation is a management technique that uses medications to promote a better environment for providing dental care.
Since the sounds, textures, and tastes associated with dental treatment are generally unpleasant, this can produce a negative reaction towards going to the dentist. Oral sedation can help reduce the stress associated with the delivery of dental treatment by relaxing your child, increasing cooperation, and preventing injury by decreasing patient movement; some medications even induce amnesia for a period of time. Your child will not be "put to sleep" for this procedure, but will be conscious and able to respond as we progress through the treatment appointment.
We follow the sedation guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Jen, Dr. Sairah, Dr. Leanna and Dr. Matt will discuss the appropriate sedation option that best suits your child's needs.
Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as "laughing gas," is a conscious sedative often used during a dental visit. It is a blend of two gases, nitrous oxide and oxygen, that is inhaled to help alleviate anxiety during dental treatment. It also assists in suppressing strong gag reflexes and acts as a mild analgesic. Your child will be awake and able to communicate as treatment is being performed. Following completion of the procedure, the nitrous is turned off and oxygen is administered for five to ten minutes to help flush any remaining gas from the lungs. The effects wear off almost immediately. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects, although some patients may experience minor nausea and headache.