Anxious-free dental treatments will keep your kids smiling more 😃
At Sycamore Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, we work hard each and every day to make your loved one’s ongoing care as warm, friendly, positive, and as comfortable as it can possibly be. If this approach isn’t enough to help them relax, there are options to ease your child’s anxiety and to make their appointment as stress-free as possible.
Some reasons that children may benefit from more advanced behavior management techniques include:
- If they are too young to sit still for longer appointments
- If they are anxious/fearful and can use some help coping with a procedure
- If they are overly prone to fidgeting and other nervous movement that could adversely affect treatment outcomes
- If they are in need of advanced treatment that requires a significant period of time
- If your child has a complex medical condition with the inability to tolerate dental treatment in a traditional setting
Nitrous Oxide or “Laughing Gas”
Nitrous oxide, better known as “laughing gas,” is readily available in our office and provides an anxious-free visit for your child’s dental appointments. Nitrous oxide helps to ease your child’s fears and relax during their visit, while receiving dental treatment in a comfortable and safe manner. It is a sweet-smelling, colorless gas that causes most people to feel happy, relaxed, and even giggly — that’s why it’s often called “laughing gas.” As the safest and mildest form of sedation available, a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide flow through a comfortable fitting mask that rests gently over your child’s nose. At the end of your child’s treatment, the effects caused by nitrous oxide disappear almost immediately and your child should feel completely normal, ready to head back home or to school right afterwards.
At Sycamore Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, we will always help your child be the best patient they can be. We always encourage kids to be brave and will take the time to work with them in order to develop a behavior guidance strategy. Our goal is to provide care for our patients in the office without sedation or general anesthesia. However, there are times when, for the safety and well-being of the child, general anesthesia is needed to provide necessary dental care and restore your child’s smile back to health. It is used in select cases to ensure that your child receives comprehensive dental care in a safe, controlled, and stress-free manner.
How does it work?
General Anesthesia, or being “put to sleep,” is a controlled state of unconsciousness. It is performed by a trained anesthesiologist who monitors your child while they are “asleep,” as Dr. Sarah completes the dental work. This is a great opportunity for some children with extensive needs to get the dental treatment they need without the anxiety of multiple appointments in the dental chair. If general anesthesia is deemed appropriate for your child, Dr. Sarah and her team will go over very detailed instructions for the procedure leading up to the day of the appointment as well as what to expect when you go home after the surgery. The anesthesia team will also provide similar instructions.
Is general anesthesia right for my child?
General anesthesia is sometimes the best option for children who are extremely anxious and for some children with complex medical conditions. Examples of why some children may benefit from general anesthesia include:
✓ Extreme dental anxiety or inability to cooperate due to a young age
✓ Multiple appointments required due to the amount of work, if the child is unable to tolerate dental treatment after attempting all other options
✓ Avoiding the possible emotional trauma in order to complete the necessary dental treatment
✓ Some patients with special needs who are unable to tolerate dental treatment in a traditional setting
Dr. Sarah and her team are dedicated to providing the best possible care for your child.
They understand that the needs of each child are unique and take the time to go over all options available. Let us make dental appointments for your child a little less scary and a lot more comfortable and fun!