We are pleased to offer multiple sedation options here at Kids First Pediatric Dentistry to allow children who may need a little extra assistance to receive high quality dental care in a respectful and low stress environment.
Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas”, is a mild inhalation agent that is intended to decrease anxiety and deliver a calming affect. We have found it to work best during restorative treatment for patients who have mild anxiety and could use a little extra help. The nitrous oxide is delivered through a nasal hood and provides a mild euphoric sensation to better help patients tolerate treatment. Children often report feeling a little floaty with mild tingling sensations in their hands. Upon completion of treatment the nasal hood is flushed with 100% oxygen and the mild affects are rapidly reversed.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is one of the sedation options offered at our office that is intended to assist patients with mild to moderate anxiety. This sedation option works great for many patients undergoing restorative treatment who need a little more assistance than nitrous oxide can provide and wish to avoid using general anesthesia. Such sedation option may also be recommended during restorative treatment to help protect younger children’s psyches, minimize physical discomfort, and modify behavior to allow for the safe completion of the procedure.
General anesthesia is offered through our office for patients with severe dental anxiety and those whom are too young to successfully undergo treatment in the dental chair. Our doctors perform all general anesthesia cases at local hospitals with the help of an anesthesiologist.
For more information on the different sedation options offered at our office, please ask the doctor for further details at your initial consultation visit.