If your child is scared of the dentist or has behavioral problems that may make it hard to sit still for long periods of time at the dentist, you may be wondering if sedation dentistry from The Little Royals: Dentistry For Kids is safe and effective for your child. Get the facts from our team below!
First, sedation is completely safe for kids of all ages. At The Little Royals, we use nitrous oxide (laughing gas) sedation for kids. Before your child’s appointment, you will meet with Dr. Sal or Dr. Yasi Colombo to discuss your child’s health.
This allows them to learn more about potential issues like respiratory problems, past health issues, and medications that your child may be taking, and ensure that sedation is completely safe for your child.
In addition, we can treat many kids without sedation. Dr. Sal and Dr. Yasi are specialists in modern behavioral management techniques for pediatric dentistry. By using a fun, informative, and gentle approach to dental care, our team can ease fear and anxiety in kids and help them get the care they need without sedation.
Laughing gas is a very safe method of pediatric sedation, and has no serious side effects or complications related to its use in dentistry. It provides a minimal level of sedation that keeps your child feeling safe and comfortable, and helps fight against feelings of pain and anxiety.
The process involves placing a comfortable nose mask over your child’s nose. Then, Dr. Sal or Dr. Yasi will carefully administer the proper dosage of nitrous oxide. Your child will simply breathe through their nose when they’re asked to, and the laughing gas will immediately be absorbed into their bloodstream through their lungs.
Your child will remain completely conscious and responsive to commands, so you can continue to talk to them and comfort them during their procedure if you need to. The effects wear off after about 5 minutes, too, so you can get back to your day-to-day routine immediately after treatment at The Little Royals: Dentistry For Kids.
Nitrous oxide sedation is very safe, but it can have some minor side effects for your child. Kids may feel confused or a little bit dizzy after treatment. Minor nausea and an upset stomach are also relatively common. Shivering and fatigue are also relatively common in kids after nitrous oxide sedation.
However, we take steps to minimize these side effects. After your child’s treatment, Dr. Sal or Dr. Yasi will deliver a stream of pure oxygen through your child’s nose mask to purge any remaining nitrous oxide. This helps reduce the severity of common post-procedure side effects.
If your child is anxious about going to the dentist, Dr. Sal and Dr. Yasi can help. At The Little Royals, we specialize in pediatric sedation dentistry. We would love the chance to meet you and your child, and discuss how we can provide them with safe, pain-free dental care. Contact us online or give us a call at (561) 510-1450 to get started.