Nitrous Oxide: This is a mild sedative and is the least invasive. It is most commonly known as “laughing gas”. With this option, the child does not go to sleep, but in most cases, they become more relaxed. Most children will get “silly” or light-headed.
Our dentists may recommend nitrous oxide if the patient shows signs of anxiety or fear during their initial or subsequent dental visits. This recommendation is common for most pediatric dental patients.
General anesthesia: With general anesthesia, the child will be completely asleep and pain free. Specially trained anesthesia professionals (anesthesiologists or certified nurse anesthetists) will administer the medications and will monitor the child while the dental provider performs the planned dental treatment. Our office sees patient in a hospital or ambulatory surgical center specific to dental cases.
Our dentals may recommend general anesthesia due to the amount of treatment necessary as well as patient’s age and/or cooperation level. This may also be recommended if the child has special needs or developmental delays. With this approach, we can safely repair your child’s teeth while protecting their developing psyche from a traumatic dental experience. This is recommended with your child’s best interests in mind – it will ensure the physical safety and mental health of your child.