Sedation Dentistry for Children
Local anesthesia refers to a topical and/or injected anesthetic that will affect only the targeted area for a brief period of time to minimize or eliminate sensation or pain in that specific “localized” area during a dental procedure.
It is important to note that harmful words like needle or shot can make a child scared. We like to use child friendly terms like “magic wand” and “sleepy juice” to help ease this fear. A topical anesthetic is always used to help decrease the shock of the injection in the mouth.
Nitrous is a safe sedation option for many children. It is recommended that children who are going to receive this sedation have a small or light meal prior to their appointment.
Nitrous oxide, sometimes referred to as “laughing gas,” is an effective and safe sedation agent that is inhaled through a mask that fits over your child’s nose. Mixed with oxygen, nitrous oxide allows the patient to breathe normally through their nose, and within minutes they should start to feel the effects. They may feel light-headed or notice a tingling in their arms and legs. Some patients comment that their legs and arms feel heavy. Ultimately, they should feel comfortable and calm. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly after the mask is removed. Talk to the doctor about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for your child.
General Anesthesia / Hospital Dentistry
Dr. Jen offers in-office IV sedation to patients through AAG-a group of board certified dental anesthesiologists. In addition, Dr. Jen is on staff at Medina Dental Surgery Center for general anesthesia options.