Updated: May 30
Young children with dental pain and/or infection require treatment at any age—sometimes that means your child will need to go under general anesthesia or sedation. Of course, there are many reasons for this. Some dental procedures require your child to lie completely still, there may be a lot to fix, or the noise of the drill may be scary. The goal is always to provide the safest, most pain-free treatment. Nitrous Oxide has become an amazing game changer for dental practices that treat children.
When is sedation with Nitrous Oxide used?
Sedation is used in several circumstances. Firstly, very young children are often unable keep still for long enough for pediatric dentist to perform high-precision procedures safely. Sedation makes the visit less stressful for both children and adults and vastly reduces the risk of injury. Secondly, some children struggle to manage anxiety during dental appointments. Nitrous Oxide helps them to relax, cope, and feel happier about treatment. Thirdly, sedation is particularly useful for children with special needs. It prevents spontaneous movement, and guides cooperative behavior.
Advanced Dental Center in Norwalk, CT Uses Nitrous oxide!
The pediatric dentist recommend nitrous oxide (more commonly known as “laughing gas”) for children who exhibit particular signs of nervousness or anxiety. Nitrous oxide is delivered via a mask, which is placed over the child’s nose. Nitrous oxide is always combined with oxygen – meaning that the child can comfortably breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth.
Laughing gas relaxes children extremely quickly, and can produce happy, euphoric behavior. It is also quick acting, painless to deliver, and wears off within a matter of minutes. Before removing the mask completely, the pediatric dentist delivers regular oxygen for several minutes, to ensure the nitrous oxide is eliminated from the child’s body. On rare occasions, nitrous oxide may cause nausea. For this reason, most pediatric dentists suggest minimal food intake prior to the appointment.
If your child has any special needs or health issues that you feel the dentist needs to know about, please call our office at (203) 364-5084 before the procedure. If your child has developed a cold, stuffy nose, or other condition that makes it hard to breathe through the nose, you will need to call your dentist in Norwalk, CT and your child’s procedure will have to be rescheduled. It is important to notify us in advance about any special needs your child might have.
Our Dental Office in Norwalk, CT offers only one type of sedation - Nitrous oxide. If you have questions or concerns about Nitrous oxide / Laughing Gas, please contact our pediatric dentists in Norwalk, CT.
Do not wait longer, call us today to schedule a dental appointment with Laughing Gas for your child!
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