Calm Dental Visits, Happy Smile
Our team at WindHaven Pediatric Dentistry understand that some children have a genuine anxiety of visiting the dentist. We want to make these appointments less stressful for your child. As a result, we will be patient with them, work to build trust, and try to put them at ease. In addition, we offer several methods of sedation dentistry in Aubrey, TX to help patients relax enough to undergo dental treatment safely. We are proud to offer:
- Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation (“Laughing Gas”)
- Oral Conscious Dental Sedation (“Sleepy Juice”)
- In-Office General Anesthesia
Does your child need sedation at their next appointment? Give our dental office a call and let us know!
Make Your Child’s Visit Comfortable and Relaxing
Dental practices are full of unfamiliar sights, sounds, and experiences that could easily cause your child to feel nervous or afraid. For some children, even visits as simple as a routine checkup or cleaning can feel insurmountably overwhelming! We want to help your little one learn to love to take care of their smile and form good memories while visiting the dentist. That’s why we offer several sedation dentistry options, including nitrous oxide. To learn more about how your Aubrey sedation dentist can help make your child’s visit comfortable and relaxing with this safe treatment, call us today!
Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation (“Laughing Gas”)
Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide sedation is helpful for routine procedures and for patients who experience mild dental anxiety. When the patient sits in the treatment chair, we place a nasal mask on them, and they breathe in the gentle mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. Within minutes, they feel more calm and content. Throughout their visit, we can make adjustments as needed, ensuring total comfort for the entire process. This method of sedation is mild enough that when turned off at the end of the procedure, most patients feel back to normal.
How Does Nitrous Oxide Work?
Nitrous oxide sedation is a colorless, odorless, and carefully balanced mix of nitrous and oxygen. It earned its nickname “laughing gas” because it can help a nervous patient feel so at-ease and content that they may start to giggle a little! To administer it, we’ll simply place a small mask over your son’s or daughter’s nose once they’re settled in the examination chair. Within moments of them inhaling the gas, they’ll feel their worries slip away and be replaced with a sense of peaceful happiness.
While they may feel drowsy, your child will remain conscious and responsive all throughout their treatment. We’ll be keeping a close eye on their breathing and heart rate to ensure that everything is perfectly normal. If needed, we can adjust the level of sedation to ensure they’re as safe and comfortable as possible.
Is Nitrous Oxide Safe for Children?
Nitrous oxide is a reliable sedation treatment that’s been used in dentistry for nearly 200 years. Over the years it’s been fine-tuned and paired with state-of-the-art monitoring technology to become one of the most reliable tools in overcoming dental anxiety. It’s even officially recognized by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry as a safe and effective technique for children.
Studies indicate that nitrous oxide is well-tolerated in most children, though some may experience feelings of nausea. It doesn’t have any long-term side effects but can have a major impact on how your little one views oral health care for the rest of their lives.
What Are the Benefits of Nitrous Oxide?
There are a variety of reasons why nitrous oxide is a popular choice among parents and dentists, like:
- Makes for faster, more productive visits.
- Can be administered without needles.
- A safe, reliable choice for patients with special needs.
- Wears off quickly so your child can go back to their normal activities.
- Helps children overcome their fear of the dentist.
Oral Conscious Dental Sedation (“Sleepy Juice”)
For children who have moderate dental anxiety and/or have a need for multiple dental procedures, oral conscious sedation is a good option. This is a liquid medicine that the child will take in our dental office that will help him/her go into a dreamlike state, without remembering the details of the appointment. Keep in mind that the effects of oral conscious sedation can take hours to wear off, so they will need to be supervised before and after the visit to our dental office.
In-Office General Anesthesia
For children with severe anxiety and/ or medical necessities that require deeper sedation, we may recommend the use of general anesthesia to put them to sleep for their dental treatment. We perform this in-office with a licensed anesthesiologist to ensure your child’s safety during the whole procedure.
If your son or daughter struggles with anxiety or dread at the thought of visiting the dentist, schedule a consultation with us today. We’ll help you determine if your child could benefit from this helpful form of sedation dentistry!