Sedation & Nitrous Oxide

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Local anesthesia is a type of anesthetic used to prevent pain in a specific area of your mouth during treatment by blocking the nerves that sense or transmit pain, which numbs mouth. We may apply a topical anesthetic to numb an area in preparation for administering an injectable local anesthetic. Topical anesthetics also may be used to soothe painful mouth sores. Injectable anesthetics may be used in such procedures as filling cavities, preparing teeth for crowns or treating gum disease.

Nitrous oxide is sometimes called “laughing gas”.  It is a colorless, sweet-smelling gas that is a safe and effective sedative.  It reduces anxiety and help comfort nervous patients.  Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and safely administered through a small, comfortable nose mask. It does not put your child to sleep, but rather helps your child cope with the less pleasant aspects of a restorative appointment