There are certain situations where the use of sedation is necessary or recommended. This office used both Nitrous Oxide and Oral Conscious sedation in the treatment of your child.

Nitrous Oxide:

Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a safe, effective sedative agent used to calm a child’s fear of the dental visit and enhance effective communication. Additionally, it works well for children whose gag reflex interferes with dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen (N2O-O2) is a blend of two gases—oxygen and nitrous oxide. A fitted mask is placed over the nose and, as the patient breathes normally, uptake occurs through the lungs. At the end of treatment, it is eliminated after a short period of breathing oxygen and has no lingering effects.

How Safe Is Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen? Very safe. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is perhaps the safest sedative in dentistry. It is well tolerated. It has a rapid onset, is reversible, can be adjusted in various concentrations and is non-allergenic. Your child remains fully conscious—keeps all natural reflexes— when breathing nitrous oxide/oxygen. He/she will be capable of responding to a question or request. Nitrous oxide/oxygen may also be used in combination with other sedative agents.

Oral Conscious Sedation:

Oral Conscious Sedation is a technique to guide a child’s behavior during dental treatment. Medications are used to help increase cooperation and reduce anxiety or discomfort associated with dental procedures. Sedative medications cause most children to become relaxed and drowsy. Unlike general anesthesia, sedation is not intended to make a patient unconscious or unresponsive. Medication dosage is given according to the child’s weight. Special instructions will be provided before the sedation visit.

Is Sedation Safe? Sedation can be used safely and effectively when administered by a Pediatric Dentist who follows the sedation guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). This office is fully trained in the use of Oral Conscious Sedation techniques.

If you have any questions regarding which treatment is best for your child, we would be happy to answer any questions that you might have.