Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Children are not born feeling anxious about dental visits. Like eye color, artistic abilities, and personality traits, kids often inherit dental anxiety from their parents. Kids are highly perceptive and observant. Your fears may become their fears, even if they have never had a bad dental experience. We can help you avoid passing on this trait!
We work with parents to create a positive experience for your child when it comes to the dentist. Our dentists, Dr. Raf and Dr. Rupin are great with kids, speak to them in a way that they understand, and make their appointments interactive and engaging.
For some kids, though, overcoming dentist office anxiety poses a more difficult challenge. In some cases, we may recommend the use of a mild sedative called nitrous oxide to help them relax.
What Is Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide is a colorless, odorless gas used as a mild sedative in adults and children. At Bitesize Pediatric Dentistry, we can determine if your child is a good candidate for nitrous oxide sedation at their comprehensive exam appointment. It is completely safe for most kids and can make it easier and less stressful for them to get the dental care they need.
We administer nitrous oxide through a small nose mask. As it is delivered, we blend it with oxygen and control the sedation level with an adjustable lever. Nitrous oxide enters and leaves the system quickly, making it easy and safe because of no lasting effects. All sense of sedation will leave the body within five minutes after we cease administering it.
Scented nose masks can make the treatment pleasant for kids, and the effects of nitrous oxide can help fidgety kids sit still for longer periods of time.
Nitrous Oxide Safety
Except for patients with certain lung diseases, a history of sinus infections, or active inner ear infections, nitrous oxide is safe. Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide helps children feel stress-free during treatment.
We will always ask about your child’s medical history before administering nitrous oxide. In addition, if you are pregnant, you should avoid being in the treatment room with your child if nitrous oxide is being used.
Nitrous Oxide Used with Anesthesia
Anxiety and adrenaline can make it more difficult for anesthetics to take effect. When treating children, timing is important! Dr. Raf and Dr. Rupin always strive to complete treatment within the attention span timeframe of your little one. By using nitrous oxide to relax your child and reduce anxiety, anesthetic may be more effective and work more quickly, allowing us to complete treatment efficiently.
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Contact our Williamsburg, Brooklyn, dental office for your child’s next appointment. Our gentle dentists look forward to meeting your little one and helping them maintain a healthy smile!