We frequently make use of nitrous gas, or “laughing gas,” because it is a safe and effective way to help ease many children’s anxiety about dentists. The child has the gas placed on his or her nose using a special nose piece. The nitrous gas itself decreases their gag reflex, keeping the child from wanting to throw up during treatment, and enhances the numb feeling they have, so the child feels more comfortable. After a treatment, it may look like the nitrous oxide is still being administered to your child, but the gas switches to oxygen, reversing the effects of the nitrous gas. Nitrous gas is completely adjustable, so that the right dose is given for every child. These features make it an ideal sedative for any patient, especially when it comes to anxious children.
Sedation dentistry has steadily grown over the last decade in the dental industry. While it has become a highly regulated part of dentistry over the years, our dentists have a lot of experience using these techniques to administer sedation medication to our patients for all kinds of procedures.
While sedation is often used for younger children who are very nervous about their dental visit or treatment, at times, even adults find sedation necessary to take the edge off their anxiety. We’re equipped and permitted to use oral conscious sedation on both minors and adults alike. As sedation isn’t always needed, If you’re unsure whether your child should have the treatment, we’ll happily go over the ins and outs with you before your family decides.
Kids are afraid of dentists. We all know some will do just about anything to keep from being taken in to be seen by the dentist. We also know much of that fear continues on into adulthood, with lots of adults neglecting dental care out of their fear. We go the extra mile to make sure all patients, no matter how young, feel comfortable at every visit. From the second your child enters our offices, we make sure they feel as safe and sound as they would in their own home.
The Colorado Dental Board has established stringent regulations and rules that all dentists are required to adhere to so that they can more safely use oral sedation for both minors and adults. Our dentists will closely review every facet of the procedural and financial options available, as well as the needs, and medical history with each patient and their parents.
Our dentists have years of experience using nitrous oxide and sedative medications. Under nitrous oxide (laughing gas) sedation, your child will still be awake, able to respond and breathe on their own. We guarantee they’ll feel at ease and comfortable and they will be completely safe throughout the procedure. Once the nose mask has been removed, the effects of nitrous oxide fade within seconds.
Call us today for a consultation to see if your child is a good fit for oral sedation or nitrous oxide sedation or feel free to ask any questions you might have.