At Westpark Pediatric Dentistry, we go above and beyond to ensure children have positive dental experiences because we love to see them smile, but also because we want them to continue getting the care they need in adulthood. Sedation can help us achieve this goal.
Many adults are familiar with nitrous oxide already because it’s helped them take the edge off during their own visits, but did you know it’s safe for children, too? If they can comfortably wear the “space mask” and inhale, they can experience its calming effects.
Nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas, is the lightest form of sedation available. It’s combined with oxygen, which is beneficial for the body and its healing processes, too. Nitrous oxide is both quick to kick in and quick to leave the body, so there should be no lingering effects.
For the moderate form of sedation between nitrous oxide and IV sedation, we can prescribe an oral sedative. You may feel apprehensive about medication being prescribed for your child, but it will be done only after a thorough consultation to help us determine which one will safely suit your child.
After selecting the sedative that will be right for your child and the treatment they need, we’ll advise that it’s given about an hour before their appointment. This will allow them to relax in the chair when you arrive, and the appointment will be over before they know it!
If your child’s treatment plan is extensive, if they have special physical, developmental, or medical conditions that make getting the care they need more complex, or if they are deeply anxious or afraid, we may recommend the deepest form of sedation available: intravenous (IV) sedation.
If your child’s care plan includes IV sedation, we can perform treatment in our practice or at Texas Children’s Hospital. While your child may fall asleep, IV sedation will not make them unconscious. Their breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure will be monitored throughout their procedure.