Sedation is recommended for apprehensive patients as well as some special needs patients. Our office offers different types of sedation including nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and general anesthesia. Patients with dental phobia, low pain tolerance, physical handicaps or strong gag reflexes as well as patients in need of extensive dental work may require sedation.
Sedation is endorsed by American Dental Association and is an effective way to make many patients comfortable during their dental visit. After examining your child, and if sedation is indicated, Dr. Ganjavi will discuss with you about the process of sedation and pre- and post- sedation instructions.
Nitrous Oxide also known as “Laughing gas” is often used as a conscious sedative agent during a dental visit. The gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen, and has a calming effect which helps anxious patients during treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose, allowing them to relax, but without putting them to sleep.
The gas is mild, easily taken and with normal breathing, is quickly eliminated from the body. Although side effects are rare, some patients may experience minor nausea. If nitrous oxide is indicated, the doctor will discuss pre and post operative instructions with you in detail.
Outpatient General Anesthesia
Outpatient general anesthesia is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs that would not work well under conscious sedation. General anesthesia renders your child completely asleep. We work with Board Certified Anesthesiologists who are trained in working with young patients.
While the assumed risks are greater than that of other treatment options, if this is suggested for your child, the benefits of treatment outweigh the risks. The inherent risks if this is not chosen are multiple appointments, potential for physical restraint to complete the treatment required and possible emotional and /or physical injury to your child in order to complete their dental treatment. The risks of NO treatment include tooth pain, infection, swelling, the spread of decay, damage to developing teeth and possible life threatening hospitalization for dental infection.
For any questions regarding sedation dentistry, please contact our office.