Dentistry Sedation For Children Some children are so traumatized by the thought of going to the dentist that they may need some mild sedation to enable the dentist to proceed with the necessary work. In many cases, the mildest sedation is all that is necessary. This is nitrous oxide or laughing gas that the child must breathe through a mask over the nose. If is quite safe and the child will be able to respond to the dentist. The effects of laughing gas wear off almost immediately after the mask is removed, but often the dentist will switch to oxygen for a few minutes to help flush the gas from their body.
Oral medication is the next step, providing a slightly stronger sedation. The child will be sleepy, but can be aroused enough to follow commands. There are different levels of sedation and your dentist will recommend which ever is needed. Nausea and vomiting can occur afterwards and you should ensure your child only eats and drinks as instructions permit.
Oral sedations can also be given by the nose, as a suppository or intravenously. In some cases it might be necessary for your child to receive a general anesthetic, the same as if hospital surgery was required. This will be advised by the dentist and must be discussed properly and prepared for before use.