Nitrous Oxide, known to many as laughing gas, is the most commonly used form of sedation in dentistry. It is administered by having the patient inhale the gas, which is carefully monitored by your doctor. The patient will fall into a euphoric state and feel completely relaxed. All feelings of fear and anxiety fade away, leaving your child to sit back peacefully while his/her dental procedure is performed.
Nitrous oxide sedation is very safe and effective. Once the procedure is over the nitrous oxide will wear off fairly quickly, and your child will probably be able to return to your daily activities.
Your child will need to have a preliminary visit to make sure that your child is an eligible candidate for nitrous sedation. Ask us about sedation dentistry and schedule your appointment today.
Oral Conscious Sedation
The oral conscious sedation is as easy as taking small amount of liquid medication and your child will become very drowsy. Oral conscious sedation does not "knock you out" like some other deeper forms of sedation such as IV sedation or general anesthesia. Your child will remain awake during the procedure, but feels very drowsy. Your child will remember less about the dental procedures s/he just went through.
Oral conscious sedation is extremely safe and easy. It is much less expensive than other forms of sedation, and your child will be able to talk and breathe on his or her own during the procedure. It also makes long or complex procedures seem shorter, allowing your child to have all of the work done in a single visit most of the time. As an added precaution a local anesthetic will be given to the area that is being worked on to ensure that there is no pain.