Nitrous oxide is often used as a conscious sedative during a dental visit at our office. The gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming and analgesic effect that helps anxious patients relax during their dental treatrnent. Because it is a mild sedative, patients are still conscious and can talk to their pediatric dentist during their visit. After treatment, the nitrous is turned off and oxygen is administered to help flush any remaining gas. The effects wear off almost immediately. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects. Dr. Rick or Dr. Nick will provide you with pre and post-sedation instructions.
General anesthesia may be recommended for children with extensive dental needs, certain medical conditions and special healthcare needs. With this technique, children are asleep and all dental work is completed at one time under the supervision of a pediatric anesthesiologist. Dr. Rick or Dr. Nick will discuss this option with you should it become necessary.