Nitrous Oxide /
Outpatient General Anesthesia
are given nitrous oxide/oxygen, or what you may know as laughing gas, to
relax them for their dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of
two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is given through
a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose, allowing
them to relax, but without putting them to sleep. The American Academy of
Pediatric Dentistry, recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective
technique to use for treating children’s dental needs. The gas is mild,
easily taken, then with normal breathing, it is quickly eliminated from
the body. It is non-addictive. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, your
child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes.
Prior to your
inform us of any change to your child’s health and/or medical
about any respiratory condition that makes breathing through the nose
difficult for your child. It may limit the effectiveness of the
Let us know
if your child is taking any medication on the day of the appointment.
This includes prescribed, over-the-counter, or herbal medications.
Sedation is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children,
and children with special needs. It is used to calm your child and to
reduce the anxiety or discomfort associated with dental treatments. Your
child may be quite drowsy, and may even fall asleep, but they will not
There are a
variety of different medications, which can be used for conscious
sedation. The doctor will prescribe the medication best suited for your
child’s overall health and dental treatment recommendations. We will be
happy to answer any questions you might have concerning the specific drugs
we plan to give to your child.
Prior to your
notify us of any change in your child’s health and/or medical
condition. Do not bring your child for treatment with a fever, ear
infection or cold. Should your child become ill, contact us to see if
it is necessary to postpone the appointment.
tell the doctor of any drugs that your child is currently taking
(prescribed, over-the-counter, or herbal medications) and
any drug reactions and/or change in medical history.
your child in loose fitting, comfortable clothing.
sure that your child goes to the bathroom immediately prior to
arriving at the office.
should not have solid food for at least 6 hours prior to their
sedation appointment and only clear liquids for up to 4 hours before
parent or legal guardian must remain at the office during the complete
your child closely while the medication is taking effect. Hold them in
your lap or keep close to you. Do not let them "run around."
will act drowsy and may become slightly excited at first.
will be drowsy and will need to be monitored very closely. Keep your
child away from areas of potential harm.
child wants to sleep, place them on their side with their chin up.
Wake your child every hour and encourage them to have something to
drink in order to prevent dehydration. At first it is best to give
your child sips of clear liquids to prevent nausea. The first meal
should be light and easily digestible.
child vomits, help them bend over and turn their head to the side to
insure that they do not inhale the vomit.
use local anesthetic to numb your child’s mouth during the
procedure, your child may have the tendency to bite or chew their
lips, cheeks, and/or tongue and/or rub and scratch their face after
treatment. Please observe your child carefully to prevent any injury
to these areas.
our office for any questions or concerns that you might have.
Dr. Martin feels that if
the patient needs this type of treatment
then he/she should be placed in a hospital
setting for their safety. Therefore, this
service is not offered in our office.
However, Dr. Martin will be willing to refer
the patient if need be.
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