Most children have a fun, welcoming, and relaxed experience when they come to World of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry. Our doctors specialized training and our experienced staff go above and beyond to make children and their parents feel at ease, sometimes with the help of sedation and hospital dentistry.
For children with severe dental anxiety or special health care needs – including Autism, Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and ADHD as well as additional complex medical conditions – one of the many benefits we offer is treatment with Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Inhalation, Oral Conscious Sedation, or General Anesthesia.
Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen can be used when required to help a child get over mild dental anxiety. This is a very safe and effective agent used to reduce anxiety and enhance effective communication in a mildly anxious child who might otherwise be very cooperative. With this technique, a fitted mask is placed over a child’s nose. Since the child experiences the feeling of relaxation and giddiness, Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Inhalation is also called ‘laughing gas’ or ‘silly air’.
Oral conscious sedation can safely and effectively be used with patients who are unable to receive dental care for reasons of age or mental, physical, or medical conditions. Sedation is used to help increase cooperation and reduce anxiety and/or discomfort associated with dental treatment in a child with more moderate anxiety. Various medications can be used along with nitrous oxide for sedation. Medicines are selected based upon a child’s overall health, level of anxiety, and dental treatment needed. Most children become relaxed and/or drowsy, but can be easily awakened and maintain their ability to communicate.
General anesthesia is a controlled state of unconsciousness that eliminates awareness, movement and discomfort during a dental procedure. The use of general anesthesia is sometimes necessary to provide quality dental care for children in many different scenarios. These include children who are uncooperative, very young/pre-cooperative, more fearful or filled with extreme anxiety, medically compromised, special needs children, or the need for very involved and extensive dental treatment. Depending on the patient’s medical and dental needs, general anesthesia can be provided in a hospital environment or in the dental office by a trained, Board-Certified anesthesiologist.