Sedation options and How to prepare

Nitrous oxide sedation

Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is an effective option that helps many children relax during dental treatment. It's actually a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide, which the patient breathes through a fitted mask placed over the nose. Recognized by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry as a safe and effective measure, it helps a child to relax during dental treatments while remaining fully conscious. Laughing gas is quickly eliminated from the body after a short period of breathing oxygen.
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Conscious sedation

Conscious sedation is an option for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs. It helps calm your child and reduce the anxiety or discomfort associated with dental treatments. Your child will not be unconscious, as though he may be drowsy and might fall asleep.

A variety of different medications is used for conscious sedation. Based on your child's age, weight, overall health and dental treatment recommendations, Dr. Nichols will give the medication best suited for him. We will be happy to answer any questions you have about the specific medications we plan to give to your child.

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Please call our office for any questions or concerns that you might have.

IV sedation

Intravenous, or IV, sedation, is a good option for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs who would not perform well under conscious sedation or children with extensive needs who would otherwise require multiple conscious sedation appointments. A board-certified anesthesiologist administers and monitors the IV sedation in our office, so that Dr. Nichols can perform the dental treatment.
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