Pediatric Sedation Dentistry
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) & Conscious Sedation in Ottawa, Ontario
Dental Sedation - Ottawa Pediatric Dentist
Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedation during dental treatment. Sedation is most commonly used during extensive procedures, for patients with dental phobia or for patients who find it difficult to sit still. There are different types of sedation, including nitrous oxide ("laughing gas"), oral sedatives, intravenous sedation and general anesthetic.
Patients with dental phobia, low pain tolerance, major dental treatment, physical handicaps or strong gag reflexes may require sedation. Procedures like fillings, crowns, root canals, extractions, and periodontal treatments often require sedation.
Sedation is an effective way to make many patients comfortable during their dental visit. Before using a sedative or anesthetic, it is important to tell your pediatric dentist about any medications or medical treatments your child is receiving. Before administering any sedative or anesthetic, your pediatric dentist will talk to you about the process of sedation and pre- and post-sedation instructions.
Our pediatric dentists have all received advance training in the use of sedation techniques. We adhere to the guidelines as published by the Royal College of Dental Surgeons for Ontario (RCDSO). We also have been granted a facility permit by the RCDSO attesting to our having complied with their requirements
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, is often used as a conscious sedative during a dental visit. The gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that helps anxious patients relax during their dental treatment. Because it is a mild sedative, patients are still conscious and can talk to their pediatric dentist during their visit. After treatment, the nitrous is turned off and oxygen is administered for several minutes. The effects of the nitrous oxide wear off almost immediately. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects, although some patients may experience minor nausea and constipation. Your pediatric dentist will provide you with pre- and post-sedation instructions.
Conscious sedation is used to helps children who are unable to accept dental treatment in the usual manner due to their young age, fear, or large amount of treatment that is required. Conscious sedation is not the same as general anaesthesia and your child will not be asleep as for an operation in the hospital.