Some children become
anxious in the dental office and can't relax or
sit still long enough for the dentist to treat
them. For these children, the dentist may suggest
forms of medication that allow the child to relax
and/or become sleepy. This is called conscious
sedation, since the child is still responsive
to conversation or stimulation and all his or
her protective reflexes are working. Conscious
sedation is also used when a child requires extensive
dental treatment or has special needs.
Dr. Vaishali suggests two type of conscious sedation.
Nitrous oxide, also known as
laughing gas, is most often used for children who
are mildly or moderately anxious or nervous. It eases
their fears so that they can relax and receive treatment
comfortably and safely. Nitrous oxide is administered
by placing a small mask over your child's nose. Your
child will be asked to breathe through his or her
nose and not through the mouth. As the gas begins
to work, the child becomes calm, although he or she
is still awake and can talk with the dentist. When
the gas is turned off, the effects of sedation wear
off almost immediately. As the child gets older and
becomes more comfortable with the dentist, nitrous
oxide may not be needed.
Children who are more anxious
may need an oral medication that is stronger than
nitrous oxide. Several medications have a significant
calming effect. When choosing a medication, the dentist
will consider your child's anxiety level, his or her
ability to cooperate and the treatment required.
With oral sedation, your child
may be sleepy but can be aroused if necessary and
can respond to simple commands.
Before your child receives oral
sedation, we will give instructions about eating and
drinking, what to expect and what to watch for after
If you have any questions call us at 510-790-7900.
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