How safe is nitrous oxide/oxygen?
It is perhaps the safest sedative in dentistry. It is mild, easily taken then quickly eliminated from the body.
Are there any lingering effects or special care after nitrous oxide/oxygen?
No. All the nitrous oxide is completly out of your child's system by the time the appointment is over. At the end of the appointment the child is given 100% oxygen to breath for several minutes. After the appointment no special care is required.
Are there special instructions prior to having nitrous oxide/oxygen?
Tell Dr. Morgan about any respiratory condition that makes breathing through the nose difficult for your child. Also tell Dr. Morgan of any medications your child may be taking.
Will nitrous oxide/oxygen work for all children?
Pediatric dentists know that not all children are alike! Some children will not need or benefit from the use of nitrous oxide/oxygen, although most do. Dr. Morgan has undergone comprehensive training to administer nitrous oxide in a safe environment for your child.
What is conscious sedation?
Conscious sedation is a management technique that uses medication to help the child cope with fear and anxiety in order to receive dental care.
Who should be sedated?
Children who have a level of anxiety that prevents good coping skills should be sedated. The very young child that does not understand how to cope in a cooperative fashion for the safe delivery of dental care should be sedated. It is also helpful for some children with special needs.
Why utilize conscious sedation?
Dr. Morgan wants only the highest quality and most predictable dentistry for your child. Conscious sedation aids in allowing a child to cope better with dental treatment. This can help prevent injury to the child from sudden patient movements and promotes a better environment for providing dental care.
Is sedation safe?
Sedation is safe when administered by a trained pediatric dentist who follows the sedation guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Morgan will discuss sedation options and patient monitoring for the protection of your child. As with any type of anesthesia, there are risks that Dr. Morgan will discuss with you.
Will my child be asleep?
Conscious sedation is variable in its effects on children. If your child has a very calm baseline demeanor and/or is a little sleepy to begin with, they may relax so much that they take a nap throughout the procedure. However, this should be not expected, and sometimes patients may still cry or act negatively for treatment. Dr. Morgan is well trained in selecting patients who he feels will have successful conscious sedation appointments.
What special instructions should I follow before the sedation?
In order to alleviate potential anxiety in your child, Dr. Morgan recommends minimal discussion of the dental appointment with your child. Should your child become ill, contact Dr. Morgan to see if it will be necessary to postpone the appointment. It is very important to follow the directions regarding fasting from fluids and foods prior to the sedation appointment.