Children's Sedation Dentistry - Las Vegas Children's Dentist
Toothfairy Children's Dental offers sedation dentistry for kids in Las Vegas and in Henderson, an option that can ease dental anxiety and allow for more extensive dental work to be accomplished in a single visit. We offer sedation methods such as nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. We can also provide sedation through general anesthesia administered at an out-patient facility, where we can complete all treatment in one visit.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
We offer nitrous oxide to pediatric dental patients when appropriate in our offices. Children's sedation dentistry using nitrous oxide is often used with patients with high dental anxiety or for patients with special needs.
We welcome you and your child into the room and introduce your child to the nose piece and "balloon" that your child will be blowing up with his or her nose. After treatment and before being released, your child will be placed on 100 percent oxygen for 10 minutes.
Nitrous oxide is safe and does not travel into the blood stream. All residual nitrous gases are exhaled before your child will be dismissed. From there, your child will be able to get up and leave the office with no down time. He or she can return to school the next day.
Is nitrous oxide right for your child? It could be. If you think your child would benefit from sedation, ask Dr. Luong or Dr. Herman, leading children’s dentists in Las Vegas and Henderson, for more information concerning available options.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is another in-office option that our Henderson and Las Vegas locations are happy to offer. Patients ingest a sedative medication and experience relaxation and dulled senses. Even though patients remain awake during their dental procedures, they do not become agitated. In fact, it is common for patients to forget most of what has happened during their visit. Your child can still ask questions of the dentist or signal if they are uncomfortable while being treated under oral conscious sedation. Commonly-used sedation medication includes:
Each medication has different properties and can last for 30 minutes or several hours, enabling the pediatric dentists to perform all necessary treatments. Oral conscious sedation is safe and effective. It’s important to consult with your pediatric dentist to find out which in-office sedation method is best for your child.
Out-Patient General Anesthesia
Children’s sedation under general anesthesia is best used on a child who is experiencing severe tooth decay (15-20 damaged teeth) or for a special needs patient who may have a difficult time sitting still while dental procedures are underway.
For kids who need detailed, full-mouth dental care, Dr. Luong will treat your child at an out-patient facility. General anesthesia will be administered by our anesthesiologist so that your child can have multiple dental procedures performed in one visit. These procedures may include:
Your child is monitored by nurses and the anesthesiologist while the dentist performs the treatment. Your child will be asleep while the treatment takes place and will not experience any discomfort.
For young patients with dental anxiety issues, extensive tooth decay, or special needs, children’s sedation provides a way for beneficial dental work to be performed while your child is comfortable. Contact our Las Vegas area dental office today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our options for children’s sedation dentistry.