Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) is available for young children and children with anxiety who have a difficult time coping with traditional dental treatment. This helps them stay calm during their procedure and afterwards pure oxygen is given to the patient to clear out any remaining nitrous oxide.
Children who are more anxious may need different medicine than nitrous oxide. Several of these medicines are given by mouth. When choosing a medicine, your dentist will consider your child's:
- Anxiety level
- Ability to cooperate
Our anesthesiologist, Dr. David Schultz, monitors the sedated child in our surgical suite with several high tech devices. These are the very same monitors that he uses at Halifax Hospital.