Some children are given nitrous oxide (commonly called “laughing gas”) to help them relax for dental treatment. This blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide, is given through a small breathing mask placed over the child’s nose. The gas is mild, easily taken, and quickly eliminated from the body. Nitrous oxide gives most children a relaxed, comfortable feeling. While inhaling nitrous oxide, your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes. This technique is a very safe, effective way to treat a mildly anxious child.
Outpatient General Anesthesia
Dental treatment can be provided while your child is given a general anesthetic by a physician (anesthesiologist). Outpatient general anesthesia is appropriate for children who are extremely apprehensive or have extensive dental needs. Treatment is performed in a hospital operating room while your child is completely asleep. An anesthetic gas is given to your child through a breathing tube that will keep them asleep during the procedure. Before recommending outpatient general anesthesia, Dr. Coloma will discuss with you the risks and benefits of this approach.