Going to the dentist can be a scary experience, and many children are frightened of it. This is especially true if it involves larger procedures like having a tooth pulled or getting a filling. If it sounds like something you or your child might be afraid of, then you may be the perfect candidate for sedation therapy. It will help you relax during any of these procedures. It can help a lot with people who are suffering through anxiety regarding the dentist.
First, your dentist will get a picture of your overall health. This will include any medications you might be taking. Sometimes, a medical condition may require that you receive medical clearance from your primary care doctor. Some of these conditions include having high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiac disease, COPD, or other respiratory problems. Once they’ve cleared you for sedation, though, there’s no longer any reason for you to avoid going to the dentist.
Nitrous oxide is a safe inhalation sedation that is more commonly known as laughing gas. It’s highly recommended for children that are frightened of the dentist.
This an odorless gas that may also be used for making procedures such as x-rays and sealants more comfortable and tolerable for children with a strong gag reflex. There are hardly any side effects or complications associated with the use of nitrous oxide. After putting the mask in place, it will take a couple of minutes to start feeling the effects. Your arms and legs may begin to feel heavy, or tingle slightly. The goal is for you to feel calm and relaxed. It does not put you to sleep, so you can still hear and see everything that’s going on. You’ll still be able to communicate with your dentist during the procedures!
Once the procedure is over, the normal effects of the laughing gas can be completely reversed simply by having the child breath 100% oxygen for about 3 to 5 minutes.
Using laughing gas is great for treating children with situational anxiety. If you have any questions about the use of nitrous oxide, please contact our dental office.