Nitrous oxide is a gas given to the patient through a mask that is placed on their nose. It will not cause the child to go to sleep but is used as a relaxation aid. Nitrous oxide is recognized by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry as a "safe and effective technique to reduce anxiety, produce analgesia, and enhance effective communication between a patient and healthcare provider." Nitrous oxide has a very fast onset, as well as recovery. Your child can return to school or to other regular activities after treatment.
Oral sedation is used to decrease a child's level of anxiety as well as any discomfort associated with dental treatment. A variety of safe, time-tested sedation medications are available. Dr. Jackson will choose the most appropriate combination of medications for your child's case. The medications may cause the child to feel drowsy, and in some cases will have an amnesic effect.
In-Office IV Sedation
In-office IV sedation will be used for those children with a higher level of anxiety or for those who have extensive dental needs. This type of sedation will be performed and monitored by an anesthesiologist.
Outpatient general anesthesia in a hospital or surgical center will be utilized for those children who have extensive dental needs and who are not candidates for in-office sedation due to things such as medical history, special needs, inability to cooperate, or very young age.