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Sometimes known as the “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a very safe, mild sedative that will help your child remain relaxed during dental procedures. Your child’s dentist will give the sedation with the use of a “space mask,” which carries air (oxygen) mixed with the medication. The sedation will take effect in about 5 minutes. The mask will remain in place until the procedure is done. Your child will be awake during the entire procedure and may have a “happy” feeling. When the procedure is complete, the nitrous oxide will be turned off and your child will breathe in pure oxygen for about 5 minutes to clear out any remaining gas. You should limit your child to a very light meal before this procedure, such as toast or a bagel.
General Anesthesia is also an accepted standard of care for situations involving children who have limited comprehension or children who are extremely uncooperative and require dental care that is technically difficult or sensitive to deliver.
Keeping your child under general anesthesia during a dental procedure may be necessary to keep them pain-free during surgery. Also, anesthesia controls the body’s reaction to stress and relieves the fear and anxiety almost always associated with surgery. Anesthesia can be given in the form of an injection or by inhaling- breathing in- gases mixed with oxygen, or sometimes combined.
When treatment is required for a serious dental condition, general anesthesia may be recommended to make the treatment process more safe and comfortable for children. Without complete treatment, dental conditions can adversely affect learning, communication, nutrition, and other activities necessary for normal growth and development of your child. When a child with disabilities needs extensive dental treatment, general anesthesia is an accepted standard of care. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services support this standard.Book Your Appointment Today: Click Here