For nervous & anxious children.
If you’re an anxious patient yourself, you might already be familiar with nitrous oxide (commonly called laughing gas) in the dentist’s office—but did you know children can experience the relaxing lightness that comes with breathing it in, too? It’s very common in pediatric practices.
Nitrous oxide is very safe and mild, and your child can wear a “space mask” that lets them inhale it (along with oxygen) throughout the duration of their treatment. The effects kick in quickly, and when they’re finished, breathing pure oxygen will clear any remaining effects within minutes.
- Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects, but some kids may experience minor nausea.
- To decrease the chance of side effects, have your child eat very lightly before treatment.
- Your child will remain conscious & able to respond while breathing nitrous oxide.
- Nitrous oxide helps reduce pain through relaxing your child.
Waking up to better oral health.
If your child is very nervous about dental treatment and their treatment plan is a bit more extensive, We can arrange for them to sleep through procedures with general anesthesia. We have trained and maintained hospital privileges to offer deeper sedation.
If your child is under general anesthesia, rest assured they’ll be under constant monitoring throughout their care. We’ll also determine whether they’re a good candidate for General Anesthesia after a medical history evaluation that includes whether they have any conditions or take medications that make it unsuitable.
- Children are free to bring a comfort item, like a stuffed animal or blankie.
- Sedation can help children that have trouble staying still or have sensitive gag reflexes.
- If your child is very nervous and cannot tolerate dental treatment in the office, putting them to sleep may be the best option to successfully complete the procedure and avoid a “bad experience.” As much as possible, we want the children to enjoy coming to the dentist!
Your child’s dental visits can feel like nap time.
If you have any questions about sedation dentistry, please contact your Roseville children’s dentists, Drs. Jeff and Candy McComb at Explorer Kids Dental today!