Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is an effective and safe sedation agent inhaled through a mask that fits over your nose to help your child relax. Mixed with oxygen, nitrous oxide allows your child to breathe normally through their nose, and within minutes they should start to feel the effects. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly after the small mask is removed. Talk to the doctor about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for your child.
Conscious Oral Sedation
Conscious oral sedation is an alternative minimal sedation that allows your child to remain awake but relaxed. For children with a fear of dental procedures, conscious sedation may take away some of the anxiety. The doctor will combine the use of oral sedation along with a local anesthetic so your child will experience little to no discomfort.
In conjunction with an anesthesiologist, we also offer hospital sedation for patients with extensive tooth decay or those undergoing surgical dental procedures. Your child's doctor can discuss the risks and benefits of hospital sedation to help you decide if this is a good choice for your child.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
Most dental procedures in children are completed with local anesthesia; however, very young, fearful, or uncooperative children may require sedation. Intravenous (IV) sedation is a deep sleep that insulates your child from the stress and discomfort associated with dental procedures. Dr. Cook works with Pediatric Dental Anesthesia Associates to provide this level of sedation. Please visit their website at www.pediatricsedation.com.