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Oral Sedation and Your Child

Oral sedation is an excellent way to calm any nerves and ensure your child comfortably receives the dental care they need. At Great Grin’s Children’s Dentistry, we love working with children. We understand that it’s normal for them to feel overwhelmed in new situations. Our friendly staff treats every patient as our own family. We want your child to feel comfortable throughout every appointment.
We offer three types of sedation to meet every child’s unique needs, including nitrous oxide, office-based sedation, and hospital-based sedation. Do you have trouble calming your child’s fears for every dentist visit? Does your child require a more invasive dental treatment? Then sedation dentistry can help!

Nitrous Oxide

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes nitrous oxide as a very safe option for children. Also called laughing gas, it is a non-addictive and effective oral sedation option. Nitrous oxide includes a mild mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. This combination helps your child relax while remaining conscious and in control of all natural reflexes.

Office-Based Sedation

In addition to laughing gas, we can also provide I.V. sedation in our office. Similar to nitrous oxide, I.V. sedation will help your child relax while remaining conscious. It may cause drowsiness, allowing your child to fully relax or even fall asleep for a quick nap. I.V. sedation must be administered through your child’s vein by our anesthesiologist.

 

Hospital-Based Sedation

For more complex treatments, we can also perform hospital-based sedation with general anesthesia. We can only perform this type in an outpatient setting because it puts your child completely to sleep throughout of the treatment. In addition, if your child has more difficult medical needs, treatment may require an overnight stay in the hospital.
Contact our office today if you have any questions or concerns about oral sedation. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Nitrous Oxide/Dental Laughing Gas

Nitrous Oxide Benefits

What is Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, is a safe sedative that helps you relax. At Great Grin’s Children’s Dentistry, this is one of the most common types of oral sedation we provide.

Should My Child Receive Laughing Gas?

Many children feel anxious in unfamiliar places and feel scared at the dentist. Our goal is to help even the most anxious child feel at ease during the appointment. We encourage you to talk with your child about their upcoming visit to our office. Try to prepare them for the services they’ll receive. If they still show extreme nervousness and anxiety, dental nitrous oxide may be helpful for them. For some cases and children with special needs, we also offer office- and hospital-based anesthesia.

How Nitrous Oxide Works

Here is more information on how laughing gas works. At the beginning of the appointment, we will place a small nose piece over your child’s nose. As they breathe normally, the gas will take effect, making your child feel more relaxed. Experiencing a light-headed feeling or a tingling in the arms and legs is normal. It will not put your child to sleep. Your child will be conscious and be able to respond to any directions we may give throughout the appointment. Our doctors then administer oxygen through the nose piece when the treatment is done. This allows the effects of nitrous oxide to wear off right away.

Nitrous Oxide in Tucson Office

Throughout the years, we’ve found that children respond well to laughing gas. It can make your child feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Our goal is to ensure every child receives dental treatment comfortably and safely. Laughing gas is easy to administer, and children love the feeling of comfort it provides. Still have questions about laughing gas and your child’s appointment? Contact our office today at (520)325-4746 for more information!

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Tooth Extractions for Children

Extractions

Does My Child Need a Tooth Extraction?

At times, extractions may be needed. Tooth decay left untreated can cause more damage. This can cause even the toughest all-stars to need a tooth removed. At Great Grin’s Children’s Dentistry, we perform extractions from the comfort of our office.

Tooth Extractions and Your Child

Our goal is to ensure that during the extraction, your child is as comfortable as possible. Before we get started, we will give your child an anesthetic to numb the area and reduce discomfort. We help your child understand that after this point, they won’t feel a thing! However, you will want to talk to your child about being careful not to bite the cheek, lip, or tongue afterward. We recommend that your child not eat any foods that require chewing for a few hours after until they regain feeling in the mouth.

Recovery Time

We strive to make your child’s appointment and recovery as comfortable as possible. After surgery, we place a gel foam in the extraction site. This helps to stop any bleeding. The gel foam goes away on its own and is okay to be swallowed if it comes out. For the first day or two after tooth extractions, stick to calm activities. Do not drink through a straw or brush near the extraction site. Ice packs and pain medication can help with any swelling.

In addition, stress the importance of keeping the mouth clean after tooth extractions with your child. Your child should still brush and floss the teeth around the healing tooth. To clean the extraction site, help your child rinse gently with a glass of warm salt water after meals. Be sure your child doesn’t rinse too vigorously.

Pediatric Dentist in Tucson

Drs. Kedar Lele and Angela Wolfman are diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. They specialize in dental care for infants, children, and teens. For more information on tooth extractions or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!

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