Nitrous oxide, sometimes referred to as “laughing gas,” is an effective and safe sedation agent that is inhaled through a mask that fits over your child’s nose. Mixed with oxygen, nitrous oxide allows the patient to breathe normally through their nose, and within minutes they should start to feel the effects. They may feel light-headed or notice a tingling in their arms and legs. Some patients comment that their legs and arms feel heavy. Ultimately, they should feel comfortable and calm. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly after the mask is removed. Talk to the doctor about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for your child.
Oral sedation is a light level of sedation. Patients drink a medication that makes them drowsy and relaxed. Patients typically remain awake during treatment but occasionally fall asleep because they are so relaxed.
IV sedation is a deeper level of sedation and patients sleep throughout their treatment. This type of sedation is provided in our office by a certified anesthesiologist with Pediatric Dental Anesthesia Associates. An IV is placed after your child is asleep with a twilight medication injection. Our doctors are accompanied with a medical team who care for your child.