NITROUS OXIDE OR LAUGHING GAS
Some children are given nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, to relax them for their dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is administered over the child’s nose. This allows most children to relax without putting them to sleep.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Society of Anesthesiologists recognize this technique as a very safe and effective procedure used for treating children’s dental needs. The level of oxygen administered during the procedure is actually higher than ambient room air.
IV SEDATION/GENERAL ANESTHESIA
Sometimes a child may require sedation to complete treatment due to dental phobia or an extensive treatment plan. In these scenarios we are referring our patients to Children’s Surgery Centers that have on-site Anesthesiologists to complete treatment.