Pediatric dental procedures performed with sedation can be nerve-racking, especially if your child has severe dental anxiety. That’s why the friendly professionals at Wilson Pediatric Dentistry will discuss all options with you and help you choose the best one for your child, including nitrous oxide for dental exams or general anesthesia.
Choosing the Best Sedation Option for Your Child
Often, a nervous child or squirmy toddler will need nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, to relax during a dental exam or a cavity filling. It’s a safe option that works quickly and leaves the body quickly. Before we use nitrous oxide, please let us know if:
- Your child has experienced any breathing issues
- Your child’s health or medication has changed
We don’t use conscious or oral sedation that merely makes a patient drowsy. For lenghty procedures and special circumstances, we recommend general anesthesia to keep your child safe throughout the procedure. This may include filling multiple cavities, crowns, or emergency dental work.
If we need to use general anesthesia for your child, we will help you prepare for both the sedation and anesthesia care. We’ll conduct a physical evaluation and ask about any changes in your child’s health or medicines prior to using anesthetic. You’ll also receive detailed before and after instructions, including:
- Your child may only have clear liquids up to 6 hours before the procedure — no food.
- A parent or guardian must be present throughout the procedure.
- You’ll stay at our office until the effects of anesthesia are minimal.
- You’ll watch your drowsy child closely while the medication wears off.
- Your child may sleep, but wake them periodically for a drink of water.
We’ll be available at an emergency number in case of concerns or complications.
Let us help you maintain your child’s oral health without distress. Schedule your child’s appointment today.