Children are often nervous or scared when experiencing something new. Our goal as trained pediatric dentists is to make your child’s visit to the dentist as comfortable as possible. The Tell-Show-Do communication technique involves verbal explanations of the dental procedures in phrases appropriate to the developmental level of the patient (tell), demonstrations for the patient so they can see, hear, smell, and touch aspects of the procedure in non-threatening setting (show), followed by completion of the procedure (do). The goal of tell-show-do is to teach the patient important aspects of the dental visit, familiarize the patient with the dental setting, and to help improve the patient’s response to dental procedures.
Nitrous Oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” is used to relax patients for their dental treatment. Nitrous oxide is a blend of two gases, nitrogen and oxygen, and it is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose. The gas allows the child to relax when breathed through the nose, with the child remaining fully conscious, keeping all reflexes intact, without putting them to sleep. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique to use for treating children’s dental needs. The gas is mild, odorless, easily titrated and reversible, and recovery is rapid and complete.
Sedation uses medications to assist the child to cope with fear/anxiety and cooperate for dental treatment. Sedation is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs. During dental sedation, your child may become very drowsy and even fall asleep, but will not become unconscious.
There are a variety of medications that may be used during sedation. The dentist will choose the medication best suited for your child’s overall health and treatment recommendations. Please read our Dental Sedation FAQ or let us know if you have any questions regarding the specific medications used during your child’s sedation.
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If your child is experiencing an emergency, please call us.
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