For children with a high level of anxiety, those that have quite a bit of treatment to complete, or for those with special needs, sedation dentistry can assist families in ensuring their children have the oral care they need in a comfortable environment free of emotional or psychological trauma. There are many times where children who begin treatment with sedation are able to eventually complete treatment with only the help of Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) because they have been able to build their confidence.
There are several types of sedation available: oral conscious sedation, IV conscious sedation, and general anesthesia. At Bee Happy Children's Dentistry, we offerNitrous Oxide (laughing gas).
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that will help your child relax. It is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over their nose.
Nitrous oxide, sometimes called "laughing gas," is one option we offer to help make your child more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put your child to sleep. Your child will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions we may have. Dr. Pahls will ask your child to breathe normally through their nose, and within a few short minutes they should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. Your child may feel light-headed or a tingling in their arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, your child should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed. Talk to us about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for your child at your next appointment.
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