Minimal inhaled sedation, also called “laughing gas”, is easily administered through a comfortable nose mask. Your child will simply breathe in through their nose, and when the sedative takes effect, they will begin to feel relaxed and euphoric. This option has a number of benefits. It doesn’t require a needle or a pill, and the effects wear off quickly after treatment. This means that you and your little one can enjoy the rest of the day as you normally would after their appointment.
Minimal inhaled sedation can be used to treat dental anxiety, but it can also be administered for other reasons. If your child is afraid of needles, we may recommend sedation to help administer numbing agents. A strong gag reflex and difficulty sitting still for a prolonged period of time are other common reasons that parents may request sedation options for their child. If you think sedation may be right for your little one, call us to discuss your needs and we will make recommendations for treatment.
When possible, Dr. Sal and Dr. Yasi do their best to avoid using sedatives in favor of using non-pharmacological behavior management techniques. Behavior management techniques involve child-friendly explanations about diagnosis and treatment. This helps your child feel more in control of the situation, and makes them less likely to be nervous.
In addition, through conversation and immersive dentistry techniques — like the Tell, Show, Do method and distraction— Dr. Yasi and Dr. Sal can help your child have an easier time during their dental visit. If you’d like to learn more about our approach to behavior management, give us a call at (561) 510-1450. We proudly serve those in Jupiter or Palm Beach Garden. We’re always happy to hear from new patients and explain our unique approach to behavior management!
The first benefit is that sedation makes coming to the dentist less scary. If your child knows they’re not going to feel any pain or discomfort, they’ll feel better about coming to see us at The Little Royals, and they will be less likely to feel scared and intimidated. This can even help prevent your child from developing dental anxiety in the future!
Sedation for kids also helps them stay comfortable and relax during long dental procedures. Some kids who are more “squirrelly” than others might have trouble sitting still for 1-2 hours. While Dr. Sal and Dr. Yasi are experts in behavior management and can help your child get through their appointment without sedation, it can still be a useful tool if you know your child will have issues sitting still.
A related benefit is that sedation for kids can help Dr. Sal and Dr. Yasi get more dental work done in a shorter period of time. If your child is sitting and relaxing comfortably and isn’t moving around, they will be able to treat your little one faster, and ensure a better overall outcome.
Finally, sedation can have a lot of benefits for children who have special needs, and who may not otherwise be able to get the dental care they need. Laughing gas sedation is gentle and safe for most children who have special needs, and can help get through their appointment with less stress and discomfort.
If your child is very nervous or anxious about their dental appointment, you should definitely consider sedation. It really helps keep them feeling more safe and comfortable, and provides them with a more positive overall dental experience.
If your child is getting a complex oral surgery or multiple dental treatments that may take a long time, sedation may also be useful for keeping them still and ensuring they can stay comfortable during their appointment.
Sedation is also an excellent choice if your child is afraid of needles. Numbing needles can be very scary, but with sedation, your child can get local numbing without any fear or discomfort.
We also may recommend sedation if your child has a strong gag reflex and needs one of their rear teeth to be treated. This is because laughing gas sedation can help impair the gag reflex and keep your child more comfortable.
Yes! Nitrous oxide sedation is safe for use in kids of all ages, and serious complications are extraordinarily rare during sedation. As board-certified pediatric dentists, Dr. Yasi and Dr. Sal Colombo both have a lot of experience with sedation, so you can trust them with your little one.
Before their procedure begins, we’ll discuss their health, medications and supplement they’re taking, and other details with you in order to ensure that sedation is right for them, and that they can be sedated safely.
In addition, your child will be closely monitored throughout their treatment. In the extremely rare event that something does not seem right, Dr. Sal and Dr. Yasi will know right away, and will be able to take the appropriate steps to resolve the issue.
"My daughter had a great first dentist appointment experience. The office is beautiful and clean and Dr. Sal was very knowledgeable. He took his time and was very patient with my daughter. I couldn't believe how well my 19-month-old daughter sat while getting her teeth cleaned. She loved the artwork and felt very comfortable with the dentist and staff. They went out of their way to make sure my daughter felt comfortable in her new surroundings. I loved this office and would highly recommend them."
"Our first visit was this morning with Dr. Sal and now it's hours later and I have not been able to stop telling my family and friends how incredibly happy we are that we found The Little Royals. The office is extremely kid friendly. It's set up for kids of all ages and families of all types. This was my 2-year-old's first visit to a dentist so of course everyone was a little apprehensive. Dr. Sal and his staff made all of us feel so comfortable and I appreciate the extra time, patience and care he gave us. If you are looking for a pediatric dentist in Jupiter, this is it. This is where you need to go."
"If I could give them 10 stars I would, hands down the best dentist I’ve been to. They really knew how to handle my son and his nerves and made him extremely comfortable. Dr. Yasi and her staff were very welcoming and explained everything in detail! Glad to have found my son's new dentist!"
"2 of the kindest and most caring people i know. most knowledgeable pediatric dentists around."
"These two dentists are both extremely kind and caring. They are excellent with my children (16 and 6)! I have noticed that they are committed to continuous learning and always strive to provide the absolute best care to all children they treat."
"What a great experience our little man had for his first dental appointment! From the moment you walk in, the atmosphere is welcoming, staff is friendly, and Dr. Sal and Dr. Yasi made sure to give you all the time you need and provided great education! It was an amazing experience from beginning to end!"
"Dr. Yasi and Dr. Sal are intelligent and compassionate doctors that we really feel lucky to have found. It makes such a difference to be able to trust the dentists when your little one has a difficult situation like we did, and we will be going back for regular care! A great team."
"The environment is welcoming and comfortable for children. The staff is absolutely wonderful! I highly recommend parents to bring their children, they will most definitely enjoy their visit! My daughter is already asking when we will be back!"
"This was the best experience myself or my children have ever had. Dr. Sal was so patient with my toddler and so accommodating with my teenager. The hygienist was so comforting and helpful to both of my children. We will definitely be visiting The Little Royals for all of our pediatric dentistry needs and we've already told all of our friends!"