Sedation

Nitrous Oxide, or “Laughing Gas”

Though our office is designed to create an encouraging and comfortable environment, it is always possible that your child may still feel a little bit nervous about their treatment. In this case, Nitrous Oxide is a safe, mild, and effective way to help your child feel calm. When inhaled, the Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen mix will help your child relax, which may make them feel “giggly,” giving the gas its nickname. The doctors will give your child the opportunity to choose a “flavor” of air to breathe. Your child will smell this flavored air and experience a sense of well-being and relaxation. If sights, sounds or sensations of dental treatment worry your child, he or she may respond more positively with the use of nitrous oxide/oxygen. Normal breathing will eliminate the gas from the body.

Be sure to let us know about any respiratory condition that makes breathing through the nose difficult for your child (such as a cold, asthma or sinus problems). Also, let us know if your child has been given any medication on the day of their visit.

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Valium (Diazepam) Conscious Oral Sedation

This is an oral medication that the doctor administers. This is a mild anti-anxiety medication that can provide light and conscious oral sedation, where your child will be awake and aware, but relaxed, during the dental procedure. It is often most effective in older children/adolescents that have mild dental anxiety or a pronounced gag reflex. Valium is given in the form of a pill or suspension and takes effect within 30-45 minutes. Your child must be healthy, with no food or drink prior to the morning appointment. The child must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian on the day of the procedure.

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Versed (Midazolam) Conscious Oral Sedation

This is an oral medication that the doctors administer.This is a mild anti-anxiety medication that can provide light sedation and amnesia. It is a type of conscious oral sedation, so your child will be awake and aware, but will be very relaxed and may not remember the procedure due to the medication’s retro-amnesia effects. Versed is often chosen for children under the age of six for short procedures. It is an excellent short-acting medication with a rapid onset of 15-20 minutes. Benefits include having less anxiety, being more cooperative and not remembering the appointment. It is possible for some children to experience the opposite effect and become excited and/or irritable after taking the medicine. In that case, the doctors will discuss with you the most appropriate recommendation for treatment of your child.

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IV Sedation (in-office)

Our board certified pediatric anesthesiologists deliver unsurpassed expertise in pediatric anesthesia services to ensure the safety of our youngest patients. This medicine is delivered through an intravenous injection that works quickly and reliably within a few minutes. Once in the dental procedure room, blood pressure, heart, and breathing monitors are placed and nitrous oxide may be administered by nose-mask to supplement and intravenous sedative infusion. This type of sedation allows enough time to complete all of your child’s dental treatment in one visit, eliminating the need for repeat visits. We hope this option will make your child feel more comfortable in our office setting as well as providing a financially desirable option for your family. For more information on IV sedation, please visit www.pediatricsedation.com.

 

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia may be indicated for children with extensive dental needs who are extremely uncooperative, fearful, or anxious, or for the very young who do not understand how to cope in a dental office.  It can also be helpful for children requiring significant surgical procedures or patients with special healthcare needs. Dr. Horton and Dr. Frye work with an excellent team of anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists (CRNA’s), and nurses at Oconee Medical Center.

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