Types of sedation for your child’s dental work
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is commonly used in children who are anxious or nervous to relax them for their treatment. They inhale the gas in a safe and effective way to calm their nerves and receive the treatment they need.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, nitrous oxide has a long safety record, with minor problems such as nausea and vomiting occurring in less than 0.5% of patients. The gas is administered through a small breathing mask and the child will breathe regularly to receive the sedation.
Your pediatric dentist will require informed consent from the parent or guardian and will talk about dietary restrictions prior to the appointment.
Outpatient General Anesthesia
Outpatient General Anesthesia is administered in an outpatient or hospital setting only and will put your child completely asleep. It is recommended for children who are unable to receive treatment under conscious or I.V. sedation. Although the risks for general anesthesia are higher than other options, the treatment is considered very safe. Written and informed consent is required from parents or guardians.
Before the Appointment
- Contact the office if there are any changes in your child’s health, such as a fever, cold or ear infection, as this may affect procedures.
- Please have your child dress in comfortable and loose fitting clothes.
- No food or drink, including water, may be consumed after midnight prior to the procedure.
- Parents and guardians must remain at the surgical site throughout the entire procedure.
After your appointment
- You will be provided with a complete list of instructions to recover your child from their sedation and surgery.