Nitrous Oxide Sedation for Children – Birmingham, AL
Keeping Your Child Calm During Their Visit
Dental anxiety is common among children. From the sights, sounds, smells, and fear of pain they may experience, your child may come up with every excuse to avoid their upcoming appointment. Fortunately, Dr. Angelica Rohner, who is a sedation dentist in Birmingham, has a solution that will not only ensure they receive the dental care they need but also relax and keep them calm during their visit. What is it? Nitrous oxide sedation! To find out more about this beneficial and effective method of sedation, we invite you to review the following information. You can contact our office to schedule an appointment or inquire about additional information concerning nitrous oxide and your child.
What is Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide is a mild form of sedation that combines nitrous oxide and oxygen. Its colorless and odorless mixture is proven safe and effective at helping children relax during their dental appointments, allowing the dentist to complete treatment more easily and without interruption.
When children feel anxious or scared about their dental visit, nitrous oxide can help to calm their nerves and make them comfortable. They may even feel as if they are floating as they inhale the mixture. But do not worry, your child will not be asleep or what is known as “fully sedated.” Instead, they will remain cognizant enough to respond to the cues of our dental team.
How Can Nitrous Oxide Help My Child?
When seeing a children’s dentist about nitrous oxide sedation, you will be doing the right thing for your child, and here’s why:
Nearly 1/3 of individuals who are afraid of the dentist often skip their regular appointments. As a result, this leads to an increased risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and other serious problems. In children, this continued fear can cause improper bite alignments to form as well as cavities and without proper treatment, resulting in timely and costly procedures in the future.
By allowing your child to receive nitrous oxide during their appointments, not only does it ensure their smile remains healthy and free of decay, disease, and other abnormalities, but it also gives them greater peace of mind knowing they will feel no pain or discomfort while seeing the dentist.
The process is simple. Dr. Rohner will have your child wear a mask over their nose, which they will then begin to inhale the nitrous oxide and oxygen solution. In minutes, your child will begin to feel lightheaded and more relaxed. Once Dr. Rohner believes your child is in the proper state, she will begin to administer treatment.
One of the best things about nitrous oxide is that your child will be unlikely to experience any negative side effects. Also, they can resume normal activity once the gas is turned off and effects subside, which is usually within minutes. Your child’s dentist will provide them with pure oxygen to ensure all remaining nitrous oxide is cleared out of their system before they leave.