Safe & Quick Sedation Options for Pediatric Patients
Sedation can be used safely and effectively with patients that are unable to cooperate due to different reasons.
Very young children and children with special needs are often unable to sit still for long enough for a pediatric dentist to perform high-precision procedures safely. Sedation makes the visit less stressful for both children and adults and reduces the risk of injury. Secondly, Sedation helps kids to relax, and feel happier during treatment.
Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen (NO2)- Commonly known as ” Laughing gas “
The pediatric dentist may recommend nitrous oxide for children who exhibit mild signs of nervousness or anxiety. NO2 inhalation is effective and delivered via a flavored mask ,which is placed over the child’s nose .Nitrous oxide is always combined with oxygen meaning that the child can comfortably breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth.
Its effect is rapid, reversible and recovery is fast and complete. Effects of laughing gas take only about 5 minutes to wear off. This means that your child can go back to their regular daily activities after their appointment.
At the same time inhalation of NO2 reduces the gag reflex, making it easier to perform dental procedures.
General anesthesia is the controlled state of unconsciousness, safely administered by an anesthesiologist. General anesthesia will be used when :
- A procedure can not be performed safely.
- The child has a condition which limits cooperation or the ability to follow instructions.
- The child needs a lengthy treatment.
- The child needs more complex dental treatment or oral surgery.
Considering the patient’s condition, GA can be done in the hospital or in a surgery center Dr. Sara has been credentialed at Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC) . Being credentialed at Children hospital helps Dr. Sara treats children with any special needs in an operating room setting.Also Dr Sara is credentialed at La Veta Surgical Center who is contracted with Kaiser Permanente.