IV Sedation or Nitrous Oxide: Which is right for your child?

IV sedation kids dentistWhen it comes to ensuring patient comfort and positive experiences in the dental chair, sedation might be used by our kids dentist. IV sedation and nitrous oxide are two common methods for keeping children comfortable during pediatric dentistry treatments. Since many children are nervous and fidgety in clinical situations, sedation can also help our team work without interruptions so that treatment is not prolonged. Following is helpful information on how these types of sedation work so that you can make informed decisions on your child’s treatment.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is an incredibly mild form of sedation that also has analgesic properties. This gaseous sedative is administered through a nasal mask and its levels can be adjusted with the turn of a dial. The effects of nitrous oxide start to wear off as soon as the gas is no longer administered. Medical and dental professionals have used nitrous oxide for over 100 years and it is safe for use in pediatric dentistry. This form of sedation may be used to place fillings and crowns and when we perform root canal therapy. Sometimes, children with anxiety may benefit from nitrous oxide during routine cleanings and checkups.

IV Sedation

Administered by our kids dentist, IV sedation is a powerful yet safe method for producing an anxiety-free experience that is customized to the needs of a patient. In pediatric dentistry, IV sedation might be used for invasive and lengthy procedures as well as for children who have special needs. Sedating medication is provided through an intravenous line to produce a state of medical unconsciousness. This is useful for preventing children from developing negative associations with medical and dental treatment. It is also beneficial for promoting stillness so that our team can work without obstruction. Since medication is delivered through an IV, it can be quickly adjusted to produce its desired effects.

If you have questions about sedation in pediatric dentistry, call our office to speak with a member of our staff.