Children and adults are referred to as “sedation dentistry” for the use of medication or anesthesia to calm them down at the dentist. There are three main options with dentistry.
- Nitrous Oxide: Many people don’t realize that it’s a form of sedation dentistry with Nitrous Oxide. Laughing gas is a gas that is delivered through a mask. The dentist will turn down the nitrous oxide and allow the child to inhale pure oxygen for a while. There are no long-term effects.
- Oral sedation: This form of anesthesia involves taking a pill. It takes about 20 minutes for your child to take the pill. In some cases, you can get the pill from the pharmacy and your child can take it before their appointment. The pill helps to reduce anxiety.
- IV Sedation: A child gets calming medication as it is administered, and it’s ideal for any procedures over 10 minutes as the dentist can add more medication if needed.