If your child feels anxious or fearful, or if he or she has difficult remaining still while our dentist checks their teeth, Samuel Yee DDS INC can provide several safe sedation treatments. We offer both nitrous oxide and oral sedation to help your child relax, cope with, and feel happier about their treatment. Sedation dentistry makes your child’s appointment less stressful and reduces the risk of injury. It is particularly useful for children with special needs. Call us today at 949-831-3111 to learn more about sedation dentistry for children in Aliso Viejo, California, and schedule your child’s appointment with Dr. [doctor-name].
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide is a great sedation option for children you feel nervous or anxious while visiting the dentist. When we provide nitrous oxide, we place a nose mask on your child, and he or she simply inhales this sedative. Laughing gas is quick, painless, and wears off within a few minutes after we remove the mask. Before removing the mask, our dentist will also deliver regular oxygen, to ensure that nitrous oxide is eliminated from your child’s body.
We recommend that your child not eat, or eat only minimally, before receiving nitrous oxide. This sedative can occasionally cause nausea.
Children who are uncooperative or particularly anxious may be offered an oral sedative. Oral sedatives are available in several forms (including tablets, pills, and liquids), and are taken prior to the appointment. They may make your child feel sleepy.
We may recommend that your child limit their food and fluid intake before their appointment, and that they wear comfortable clothing to the appointment. Be prepared to stay with your child for several hours following their appointment. Oral sedatives rarely produce serious side effects, but may occasionally cause nausea.
Other Forms of Sedation Dentistry
Other forms of sedation dentistry include IV sedation, the use of suppositories, and the use of nasal spray. General anesthetic is also an option, but is rarely used as it requires more intensive preparation and a longer recovery period following treatment.
For more information about sedation dentistry for children, and to schedule your child’s consultation with Dr. Samuel Yee DDS, call our office today.