Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is the most commonly used method for easing mild to moderate anxiety in children and has been shown to reduce patient discomfort and gag reflex. Given through a small mask that fits over your child’s nose, your child will be able to breathe normally and will still be awake and talking. Do not give your child anything to eat for 3 hours before the nitrous oxide appointment. This will make it less likely that your child will become nauseous during the procedure. We will reschedule the nitrous oxide appointment if your child has had ANYTHING to eat within the 3 hours before the appointment.
Oral sedation is sometimes necessary for children who require more extensive treatment, have had past traumatic dental experiences, or are anxious. Given in drink form, your child will still be awake and talking but in a more relaxed state. Oral sedation can help promote an environment that allows for ideal and safe dental treatment.
Do not give your child anything to eat or drink for 6 hours before the oral sedation appointment. This will make it less likely that your child will become nauseous during the procedure. We will reschedule the oral sedation appointment if your child has had ANYTHING to eat or drink within the 6 hours before the appointment.
In some cases, the extent of treatment, child’s age, or underlying medical condition may require that dental work be completed under general anesthesia. We offer scheduling for general anesthesia at a pediatric surgical centre with a pediatric anesthesiology team. This can be further discussed with parents or guardians before treatment to ensure that an ideal outcome and treatment can be completed.