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Nitrous Oxide

Some children are given nitrous oxide/oxygen, or what you may know as laughing gas, to relax them for their dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. 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 American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique to use for treating children’s dental needs. The gas is mild, easily taken, then with normal breathing, it is quickly eliminated from the body. It is non-addictive. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes.

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Conscious Sedation

Conscious Sedation is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs. It is used to calm your child and to reduce the anxiety or discomfort associated with dental treatments. Your child may be quite drowsy, and may even fall asleep, but they will not become unconscious.

There are a variety of different medications, which can be used for conscious sedation. The doctor will prescribe the medication best suited for your child’s overall health and dental treatment recommendations. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have concerning the specific drugs we plan to give to your child.

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IV Sedation

IV Sedation is a behavioral management technique that utilizes medications to induce a child into a state of deep relaxation during dental treatment. Children who are unable to cooperate during dental procedures, whether due to anxiety, compromised health, or special needs, are candidates for IV sedation. Pensacola Kids Dentistry works closely with Pediatric Dental Anesthesiology Associates for your convenience. For more information on IV sedations, please visit their website at www.pediatricsedation.com.

Sedation dentistry can be used for children who are especially sensitive to pain or who already have dental phobia.

At Pensacola Kids Dentistry, we understand that even the most brave and well-behaved children often have moments of weakness, fear, and anxiety. With sedation dentistry for children, your child need not fear nor experience pain. We have a Board Certified Pediatric Anesthesiologist to help treat very young children who lack the ability to cooperate with some dental treatments. All treatments are completed in one visit in most cases and done in our office.

Sedation dentistry is especially beneficial to children who:

You have our assurance that we approach sedation dentistry conservatively, using the minimum approach necessary to provide a calming experience for your child.

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 or I.V. sedation. General anesthesia renders your child completely asleep. This would be the same as if he/she was having their tonsils removed, ear tubes, or hernia repaired. This is performed in a hospital or outpatient setting only. While the assumed risks are greater than that of other treatment options, if this is suggested for your child, the benefits of treatment this way have been deemed to outweigh the risks. Most pediatric medical literature places the risk of a serious reaction in the range of 1 in 25,000 to 1 in 200,000, far better than the assumed risk of even driving a car daily. The inherent risks if this is not chosen are multiple appointments, potential for physical restraint to complete treatment 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 new decay, damage to their developing adult teeth and possible life threatening hospitalization from a dental infection.

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