Sedation for Kids


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For children with a high level of anxiety, those that have quite a bit of treatment to complete, or for those with special needs, sedation dentistry can assist families in ensuring their children have the oral care they need in a comfortable environment free of emotional or psychological trauma. There are many times where children who begin treatment with sedation are able to eventually complete treatment with only the help of nitroux oxide or general anesthesia because they have been able to build their confidence.

At Fircrest Children's Dentistry, we offer nitrous oxide and general anesthesia for our patients.

Nitrous Oxide


Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that will help you relax. It is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose.

Nitrous oxide, sometimes called "laughing gas," is one option we may offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions we may have. Dr. Beck will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed. Talk to us about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you at your next appointment.

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General Anesthesia (In-Hospital)

Another option we offer at Fircrest Children's Dentistry is general anesthesia, in the hospital. For patients who have failed oral conscious sedation and have extensive treatment needs, as well as some children with special needs or who have medical conditions, we may recommend general anesthesia. Depending upon your child's medical history, we will make this full-sleep option available to you in the hospital.

During anesthesia, your child will be given IV medicines to assist them in falling completely asleep. The anesthesiologist will be constantly monitoring their progress throughout the dental appointment, making any corrections or handling any concerns that may arise.

These appointments are generally 6 to 7 hours in length, and will require several consultative appointments to coordinate insurance plan benefits, financial arrangements, and health histories.

Please call our office to discuss your child's care plan options further.

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