Sedation Using Laughing Gas / Patient Management
Nitrous Oxide – Dr. Bobby may recommend nitrous oxide (more commonly known as “laughing gas”) for children who exhibit particular signs of nervousness or anxiety. Nitrous oxide is delivered via a mask, which is placed over the child’s nose. Nitrous oxide is always combined with oxygen – meaning that the child can comfortably breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth.
Laughing gas relaxes children extremely quickly, and can produce happy, euphoric behavior. It is also quick acting, painless to deliver, and wears off within a matter of minutes. Before removing the mask completely, oxygen is continued for several minutes, to ensure the nitrous oxide is eliminated from the child’s body. On rare occasions, nitrous oxide may cause nausea. For this reason, it is suggested that minimal food is taken prior to the appointment.
Intravenous Anesthesia – When the child or teenager is unable to tolerate routine dental treatment due to extreme apprehension, then intravenous sedation is a wonderful alternative for patient care. Special time is reserved in our office with the trained Dental Anesthesiologist to take care of all the patients dental care in one visit. The anesthesiologist brings all necessary equipment to monitor and provide the best care possible. The intravenous anesthesia is the patient management care of choice for children with extreme apprehensive, special needs and children who require extensive restorative care.
If you have questions or concerns about sedation techniques, please contact our office.