Is your child afraid of visiting the dentist? Do they have extreme levels of anxiety whenever they visit the dentist? Oral Sedation or Nitrous Oxide is available for children who may need that something extra to feel calm or more confident about their dental visit. Sedation options can help them relax. Your child will receive advanced dental care in a calming and modern environment while taking advantage of one of our sedation dentistry options. For children with more extreme anxiety or special needs we offer Hospital Dentistry; where an anesthesiologist provides and safely monitors your child’s sedation.

What is nitrous oxide/oxygen (N20-02)?

Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases that when inhaled has a calming effect. The sweet smelling aroma of these two gases create a sense of well-being and relaxation.

Who is a good candidate for nitrous oxide/oxygen?

If your child is worried about sights, sounds or sensations of dental treatment, he or she may respond more positively with the use of nitrous oxide/oxygen due to the calming effect.

Is nitrous oxide/oxygen safe?

Nitrous oxide/oxygen is very safe. It is quickly eliminated by the body by just normal breathing. Your child remains fully conscious during the entire treatment.

What is conscious oral sedation?

Oral sedation is a way of using medication to relax a child without the loss of consciousness. The medication has a calming effect and can help create a better environment for providing dental treatment.

Who is a good candidate for oral sedation?

Child with severe anxiety and/or the inability to relax are good candidates for an oral sedation.

Is oral sedation safe?

Our pediatric dentists have all been trained to administer, monitor and manage sedated patients. Our dentists will discuss the sedation with you in further detail if they recommend this for your child.

Are there any special instructions for before or after an oral sedation?

It is important to NOT let your child have a meal before their sedation appointment. Our pediatric dentists will inform you about all food and food intake guidelines prior to your child’s appointment. After the oral sedation your child is usually requested to return home for the remainder of the day with appropriate supervision.

Special Needs

If your child has special health care needs, you can feel great knowing his or her dental needs are not necessarily any different than those of any other child. The difference is how your child’s dental care is delivered based upon their specific needs.


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