Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is used for children and teenagers that are nervous and anxious about having dental treatment. The laughing gas helps them relax and provides a more pleasant, positive experience.
There are times when an oral sedative is beneficial, in addition to the laughing gas. Each child is individually assessed to determine the best method.
General anesthesia is another option for children who present special challenges related to their age, behavior, dental caries and medical conditions.
Each child requiring general anesthesia will be required to have a history and physical performed by their physician prior to the procedure.
The general anesthetic is administered by a anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist in a hospital or out-patient surgery center.