Sedation Dentistry: Nitrous Oxide & Anesthesia

(Nitrous Oxide & Anesthesia)

We comfort little kids with nitrous oxide and hospital dentistry.
Sedation dentistry refers to the use of pharmacological agents to calm and relax a nervous patient before and during a dental procedure. Our team at Kids Choice Pediatric Dentistry provides two treatment modalities to ensure a comfortable, relaxed, and positive experience for our young patients who may be unable to tolerate treatment in a typical in-office dental setting.

Nitrous oxide is a mild anxiolytic that can help our young patients feel more at ease during their appointment. It is often referred to as “laughing gas” because it can cause euphoria. It is odorless and colorless. It is administered through a small nasal mask, both nitrous oxide and oxygen are turned on, and all your child has to do is breathe in. Within moments, it will help them relax.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe for Kids?

Nitrous oxide is possibly the safest sedative in dentistry, with no adverse effects on the heart, lungs, liver, or brain. It works quickly and has reversible effects. Within a few minutes of turning off the gas, the patient returns to normal. Nitrous oxide does not put a child to sleep; rather, it helps them remain calm and stress-free so that our team can complete treatment safely. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you’re ready to schedule your first visit, call our Flamingo office in Las Vegas at 702-876-3222 today!

General anesthesia is typically reserved for children who are extremely fearful or who require extensive dental work. While your child is completely asleep, treatment is administered in a hospital operating room. This would be the same as removing tonsils, inserting ear tubes, or repairing a hernia. This can be done at the surgery center or in the comfort of our office in collaboration with our dental anesthesiologist.

Dr. Ezeanolue will discuss these options with you and your child in the office to determine which is best for your child. We will assist you in completing several important steps prior to undergoing general anesthesia.

To learn more about sedation dentistry or to make an appointment, please call, text, or email us.