The ultimate goal is to maintain a positive dental experience for your child, while simultaneously accomplishing the best possible treatment.
General anesthetic involves the use of sedative agents administered by an experienced medical anesthesiologist, to place your child completely asleep during the dental treatment. This can be done in-office or in a hospital setting depending on each case.
It may be recommended for any of several reasons, some of which are listed below:
A young and pre-cooperative age
Moderate to high levels of anxiety and nervousness regarding dental treatment
Presence of a medically compromising condition
Extensive dental treatment needs, including early childhood decay
The presence of any of the aforementioned reasons may make it difficult, if not impossible, for your child to cooperate and allow for treatment to be completed in a safe and effective manner in the dental office setting.
Oral Sedation - Conscious sedation
Oral sedation, commonly referred to as “conscious sedation”, involves the administration of one or more mild sedatives (in liquid form), usually in combination with nitrous oxide (laughing gas).
This form of sedation allows for a more profound level of relaxation and calmness than with nitrous oxide alone, yet allows the child to remain partially awake during the procedure and have their treatment completed in our office.
The sedative(s) recommended for your child is/are dependent upon many factors, some of which include: your child’s age, your child’s weight, the presence of any medical/systemic conditions, level of anxiety, and extent of dental treatment needs before administrating any sedatives, our experienced team will educate you about the process of sedation, including preoperative and postoperative instructions.
Some common side effects include nausea, vomiting, hiccups and dizziness. Some children may become more emotional after the sedation due to uninhibited emotions. All of these side effects will fully subside when the sedative is worn off, which typically requires 2-4 hours. Recommendations made will be based upon what is in the best interest of your child.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation - Laughing Gas
Nitrous Oxide Sedation; more commonly known as laughing gas, can reduce anxiety and help promote relaxation while the patient remains conscious.
Prior to having a dental procedure performed, Nitrous oxide and oxygen are mixed together and then inhaled through a mask that covers the nose to produce sensations of lightheadedness and a comfortable, warm-all-over feeling.
Safe, effective, and non-invasive, nitrous oxide is the sedation method of choice for anxious or fearful patients.
Prior to your appointment:
It is advised that your child does not eat or drink anything two (2) hours prior to the appointment.
Please inform us of any change to your child's health and/or medical condition.
Tell us about any respiratory condition that makes breathing through the nose difficult for your child. It may limit the effectiveness of the nitrous oxide/oxygen.
Please let us know if your child is taking any medications on the day of the appointment.