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Sedation and Anesthesia

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Nitrous Oxide

What is Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide is a very quick-acting sedation gas that decreases discomfort and anxiety. It is sometimes called LAUGHING GAS, and is often given at the dentist’s office. As with all medications, there are benefits, side effects, and risks. Be sure to discuss any questions with the doctor.

Can My Child Eat Before Dental Treatment?

Your child may eat a light snack such as toast and juice three hours prior to the appointment. These restrictions are to help prevent nausea (upset stomach) and vomiting (throwing up).

How is it Given?

Your child will inhale the medicine through a mask, breathing in and out normally through the nose. Sometimes, younger children resist the mask. If this happens, we will gently help hold the mask in place. The nitrous oxide will make your child feel relaxed and less anxious. It does not cause a deep sleep, as general anesthesia does. It will be given a few minutes before the procedure starts and may continue until it is finished. Oxygen will be given towards the end and after the procedure to remove any remaining nitrous oxide from the body.

What are the Side Effects?

Nitrous oxide is safe for use in children and there are no long-term side effects. Short-term side effects may include: headache, nausea, and/ or vomiting. A child may report feelings of tingling in the fingers, toes, cheeks, lips, tongue, head or cheek area. All of these symptoms are temporary.

Light General Anesthesia

All About Kids also offers in office General Anesthesia. Our staff has worked closely with Dr. Martin Boorin for over 6 years to provide a safe, familiar, and monitored environment for children who require dental treatment under sedation.

All parents want their children to receive the best comprehensive dental treatment possible. While many adults avoid dental treatment at some time in their life because of fear and anxiety, children react to dental treatment based on a limited understanding of its value and necessity. In many cases the pediatric dentist, hygienist and dental staff can present dental treatment to your child in a fun or interesting way that enables the completion of needed dental care.

Younger children typically experience a degree of stranger anxiety, a short attention span, and a limited tolerance for keeping their mouth open. Occasionally even a skilled pediatric dentist may have limited success completing dental treatment in fearful children. The complexity and magnitude of the dental treatment may reduce the success of behavior management strategies use by the dental team. Subsequent delays in receiving proper dental care can lead to oral pain, infections and loss of teeth.

Anesthesia services are provided in our office by the dental anesthesiologist who uses medications and monitors equal to those used in hospitals. Each child receives an individually prepared and titrated anesthetic with close and continuous monitoring of heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, and patient awareness. They remain in a sleep state with profound amnesia and pain control throughout their dental treatment. This enables the treating dentist to efficiently complete all planned dental or surgical treatment.

Dr. Boorin’s mission is to provide the highest standard of patient care and safety, in the comfort, convenience and familiar surroundings of our office. Anesthetic medications allow your child to “sleep” through the procedure in a safe, controlled and monitored setting thus allowing us to provide the highest quality, pain-free, and comprehensive dental care.

Anesthesia for children can make dental treatment a comfortable experience:

  • It allows parents to choose treatment recommended by their children's dentists thus avoiding sub- optimal choices due to a child 's fear or unanticipated , painful emergencies.
  • Children do not remember the dental or surgical treatment and awaken with their parents present.
  • The stress of treatment for patients who gag easily during dental treatment can be eliminated.
  • Children with mental and/or physical disabilities can receive treatment in a fully monitored , stress-free environment while they sleep. They are often discharged after a brief recovery period.
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