At Auburn Pediatric Dentistry, we will always choose the most conservative treatment options available to your child, and we seek to use non-invasive procedures whenever possible. However, there are times when your child may need to be sedated to care for them properly. Ultimately, their safety and comfort are our utmost concern.
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is used to relax children during dental treatment. It is made up of oxygen and nitrous oxide and is given through a small mask placed over the child’s nose. This allows them to relax without putting them to sleep. Nitrous oxide is a mild gas that is easily taken through normal breathing and is quickly eliminated from the body. It is a very safe and effective technique for treating your child’s dental needs.
When your child is experiencing anxiety or discomfort associated with dental treatment, conscious sedation may be recommended. With conscious sedation, your child may be quite drowsy and may even fall asleep, but they will not be unconscious. There are many different medications that can be used for this type of sedation. Medication will be prescribed that is best for your child based on their overall health and needed dental treatment.