Some children and adults benefit from nitrous oxide/oxygen, or what you may know as laughing gas. It can be given to children ages 4 and older to relax them for their dental treatment. It is best used for slightly nervous persons with normal dental needs. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, the patient remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes.
Conscious or Oral Sedation
Conscious/Oral 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 become unconscious. It does not force a patient to sleep or cooperate. However, usually more dental work can be done with the use of Oral Sedation.
Intravenous sedation is a safe and effective method of deep sedation for a nervous or uncooperative child. IV Sedation can also used for teens and adults, especially for wisdom teeth and patients with special needs. An anesthetist comes to our office to administer IV Sedation. You may can contact your dental insurance to see if this is a reimbursable benefit.
General anesthesia is only done at an out-patient facility, surgical center, or operating room. If you want your child to be asleep during treatment this is also a safe and effective method. This is a medical procedure and is covered by some medical insurance plans. Call your medical insurance company to find out your child’s benefits.
We offer dental treatment with general anesthesia at Alta View Hospital and Lone Peak Surgical Center.
Prior to your appointment
- Complete necessary paperwork.
- Should your child become ill, contact us to see if it is necessary to postpone the appointment.
- You must tell the doctor of any drugs that your child is currently taking and any drug reactions and/or change in medical history.
- Please dress your child in loose fitting, comfortable clothing.
- Please make sure that your child goes to the bathroom immediately prior to arriving at the office.
- The child’s parent or legal guardian must remain at the office during the complete procedure.
After your appointment
Since we 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. Also if Fluoride is applied, avoid crunchy, hard, or hot foods for two hours.
When to Call the Dentist
With mild to moderate soreness, over the counter medications like Tylenol® or Advil® will ease most of the discomfort.
If you experience an injury to the mouth, ongoing pain or sleep is inhibited due to dental pain, call our office for an appointment.
Contact our office immediately if the patient exhibits any of these symptoms more than 24 hours after treatment:
- Severe Bleeding in the mouth or gums
- Sever Pain
West Jordan – 801-542-7009 | South Jordan – 801-260-0400 | Draper – 801-571-6751