Sedation & Nitrous Oxide

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At Desert Kids Dentistry, we offer a multitude of treatment methods.  A non-anxious child will often do very well with only local anesthesia or “getting numb”.  As a pediatric specialist, we are well trained on how to deal with children to make them feel comfortable and at ease.

If your child has a mild anxiety or you are worried how they would do for a filling, Nitrous Oxide may be a good choice.  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.  Your child will not be sedated after the procedure as the Nitrous Oxide is flushed with 100% Oxygen for 5 minutes after the procedure is completed.

If your child is more than a little anxious or to young to understand the procedure, they may need a deeper sedation to complete treatment.  In this case, we offer Oral Conscious Sedation and General Anesthesia.  Like the name indicates, oral conscious sedation medicines are taken orally and the child remains conscious throughout the procedure.  This helps the child become in a relaxed state and helps to facilitate the dental treatment to be completed.  General Anesthesia is the induction of a state of unconsciousness with the absence of pain sensation throughout the entire body.  General anesthesia is what you would think of when being “put to sleep” at a hospital for a surgical procedure.  When general anesthesia is needed to complete dental treatment an anesthesiologist is brought into the office to facilitate this procedure. We will always discuss all options with you so you are comfortable with the treatment plan going forward.