For patients who may have some anxiety about having their teeth fixed or may have a difficult time sitting still for the amount of time it takes to fix the teeth, it may be helpful to use medications to make the appointment easier.
Laughing gas (nitrous oxide and oxygen) is breathed in and out through a scented mask that rests on the nose. Laughing gas is quite safe and is helpful at relaxing patients while they breathe in and out through their nose. Laughing gas is not a medication that will induce sleep.
Mild sedatives can be provided to your child in our office, to help your child through a dental appointment or procedure. The medications we use are not intended to have your child fall asleep. Your child’s level of awareness may be altered, but they will still experience the dental appointment. We have different medication options and, together, we can choose the right one for your child.
Choosing this method of treatment will ensure that your child receives comprehensive dental care in a safe and non-stress provoking manner. Because your child’s dental care will be provided under IV sedation, your child will be unaware of the length of treatment time, treatment events, and the number of cavities treated. This helps prevent the development of future concerns or anxieties surrounding dental care. Our in-office anesthesiologist will administer medications to your child while one of our pediatric dentists treats your child’s cavities.