1. Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous Oxide (“laughing gas”) is administered to the patient through a mask placed over the patient’s nose. When breathed, the gas causes the patient to experience a calming sensation and allows them to relax without going unconscious. One of the benefits of this sedation method is that there are very few side effects and the patient fully recovers just minutes after the sedation process is complete.
2. Oral Sedation
Oral sedative medications are a non-threatening way to relax the patient. They come in liquid form and are given to your child in their own private sedation room where they will be able to relax 30-45 minutes prior to receiving treatment. As with Nitrous Oxide, the patient will remain conscious but will be unaware of the pain they may be experiencing.
3. In-office IV Sedation
The next sedation option is having a nurse anesthetist or anesthesiologist administer an IV to the patient while in our office. This option is usually reserved for extremely anxious or uncooperative children that have extensive treatment needs.
4. Full General Anesthetic
The 4th option for sedation would be to schedule an appointment with a hospital or a surgical center for a general anesthetic. If this option is used, the patient will be fully unconscious for the duration of the dental procedure. As Pediatric Dental Specialists, each of our doctors are authorized to practice hospital dentistry at Primary Children’s Medical Center.