Sedation

Nitrous Oxide Analgesia

Outpatient General Anesthesia

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Nitrous Oxide Analgesia
Some children may need to be given nitrous oxide- or what you may know as “sweet air” or “laughing gas”- to relax them for their dental treatment. We also refer to it here in our office as “the ice cream machine” due to the sweet smelling nasal masks of different flavors the child is allowed to choose from before treatment.
Nitrous oxide is a blend of two gases- oxygen and nitrous oxide. It is administered through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose, allowing him/her to relax, but without going to sleep. It is taken into the body by inhalation, absorbed by diffusion through the lungs, and then eliminated through normal respiration.  It is non-addictive. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes this technique as very safe and effective to use for treating children’s dental needs.  While using the “sweet air”, your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes.
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Outpatient General Anesthesia
Outpatient General Anesthesia is recommended mainly for the following types of patients: apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs that would not work well under nitrous oxide analgesia.
General anesthesia will be administered in a hospital setting and will put your child completely asleep. A similar situation would be if he/she were having their tonsils removed or ear tubes put in. While the assumed risks are greater than that of other treatment options, if this is suggested for your child, the benefits of this treatment have been deemed to far outweigh the risks.
During your initial appointment before visiting the hospital, both pre-operative and post-operative instructions will be thoroughly discussed by your dentist, and any questions you may have will be answered at length.
 
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