It is not entirely uncommon for a child to be afraid to visit the dentist. Let’s face it, many grown-ups are scared of the dentist! While we do our best to calm your little one’s nerves and make him or her comfortable, sometimes we are unable to complete certain treatments due to children’s overwhelming fear or anxiety. When this happens, the dentist might suggest nitrous oxide or general anesthesia, depending on the level of your child’s apprehension.
At All About Kids Dentistry, we offer two methods of sedation for parents to choose between.
- Nitrous Oxide: Also known as “laughing gas” this method involves a colorless, odorless gas inhaled through a nasal mask. This method essentially “takes the edge off” of the dental procedure and can actually make the experience quite pleasant. We will closely monitor the amount of nitrous your child receives to ensure his or her safety, as long as the child is willing to breathe in and out calmly, and within moments your child will feel relaxed. Then, the effects immediately subside when we remove the mask.
- General Anesthesia: This method is administered by an anesthesiologist who will use medication to keep your child in a controlled state of unconsciousness. This method can be done in our office. This allows your child to remain completely unaware of the procedure and also prevents movement and discomfort. General anesthesia is typically only used for children in need of extensive dental treatment or who may have special needs, be uncooperative, anxious, or afraid.
Our dentists have been treating children for several years and work hard to ensure your child is completely safe and comfortable. We have a private board certified anesthesiologist Dr. Michael Higgins who can administer your child’s general anesthesia in the comfort of our own office.