Sedation dentistry uses prescription medication and/or substances like nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help children relax during routine dental procedures. It provides a safe and effective way to help your child relax if they’re scared or have trouble sitting still for extended periods.
At Little Harpeth Children’s Dentistry, Dr. Purohit recommends sedation dentistry to children who:
Your child might also benefit from sedation dentistry if they squirm around or have difficulty sitting still.
At Little Harpeth Children’s Dentistry, Dr. Purohit offers several types of sedation dentistry, including:
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a sedative that your child inhales through a mask. It works almost instantly, causing your child to feel happy and relaxed. Dr. Purohit adjusts the amount of laughing gas your child receives during treatment, ensuring they remain comfortable and carefree. After treatment, the mask is filled with oxygen to flush out all of the "happy gas." Your child will walk out the same way they came in.
If your child needs to undergo a lengthy procedure, Dr. Purohit might recommend oral sedation. Oral sedation uses prescription medication, Midazolam (Versed), to help your child relax before treatment.
Oral sedation does not put your child to sleep, they are awake and some level of cooperation is necessary.
For children who experience extreme dental anxiety, Dr. Purohit recommends general anesthesia. General anesthesia administers medicine directly into your child’s bloodstream, causing them to fall asleep while a controlled airway is maintained. General anesthesia is always administered by a medical anesthesiologist. In office, we use Nashville Office Based Anesthesia (NOBA), for a surgery center we use Tennesse Surgery Center (TSC).
Sedation dentistry is safe and typically well-tolerated, but it isn’t right for all children. Before moving forward with treatment, Dr. Purohit reviews your child’s dental records, performs an oral exam, and takes a series of digital X-rays.
If your child has an underlying health problem that might interfere with the anesthesia or increase the risk of complications, be sure to let Dr. Purohit know. You should also alert her to any vitamins, supplements, or medicines your child regularly takes.
To request sedation dentistry for your child, make an appointment at Little Harpeth Children’s Dentistry by calling the office today.