Young boy in a dental surgery

Nitrous Oxide

What is it?

Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and administered to children through a small mask that fits over the nose. It is a colorless gas with a faint, sweet smell. “Laughing gas” has a quick onset and rapid recovery. It is NOT considered a sedative agent, as your child will remain conscious during their procedure, and they will return to their normal self immediately after its use. Our pediatric dentists and staff are appropriately trained, and our equipment is in accordance with state regulations.

What does it do?

Nitrous oxide creates a pleasant relaxed sensation to reduce anxiety, in addition to raising an individual’s pain threshold. This helps to diminish discomfort associated with injections. Nitrous oxide increases children’s ability to sit still for longer periods of time, which makes for a more pleasant dental experience and higher quality dental work.

Our fun names for the nitrous oxide masks — ‘Mickey mouse nose’, ‘puppy nose’ and ‘jet pilot mask.’

Oral Sedation

When children are developmentally delayed or too young to tolerate a traditional dental procedure, we are fortunate to offer oral conscious sedation. We will first consult with your child’s pediatrician to ensure they are healthy enough to receive sedative medication, and discuss with you all your options, the necessary dental work and what to expect on the day of sedation. Oral sedation is safe and usually most effective for very young kids that have minimal amounts of dental work. There are advantages and disadvantages of conscious sedation, so please be sure to discuss all options with our pediatric dentists.

cute little girl smiling in the dental chair

Patient at dentist office. Cheerful little boy sitting at the chair in dental office and smiling

I.V. Sedation

If your child is pre-cooperative or developmentally delayed, we are fortunate to also offer IV sedation in our office with the help of Pediatric Dental Anesthesiology Associates. Under the care of a Board Certified Pediatric Anesthesiologist, this is an incredibly safe and effective way to treat all dental needs in one comfortable appointment.

Here’s how it works:

• Their anesthesia team comes into our office with the same medical equipment and nurses that you would find in the hospital.
• They quickly administer an intravenous injection that works reliably within a few minutes. You may hold and comfort your child until the sedative takes effect.
• The anesthesiologist never leaves your child’s side as they are continuously monitoring them while our pediatric dentists are focused on completing all dental work in one visit.

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