Alleviating Children's Fear of Pediatric Dentistry in Bridgeport & Huntington, CT
Our Bridgeport and Huntington, CT pediatric dentists will consider the use of sedatives during certain pediatric dental treatments. We know that visiting the dentist can often be a very scary and intimidating topic for young children. Sedation dentistry is offered to help your child relax when he/she is afraid or fidgety, has low pain tolerance, has physical handicaps or exhibits strong gag reflexes.
Sedation dentistry is endorsed by the American Dental Association (ADA) and is a very safe and effective way to make your child comfortable during their dental visit. That is why our Bridgeport and Huntington, CT children’s dentists have incorporated it into their work.
We commonly use a mild sedative to relax your child and enable him/her to cooperate. Here at Commerce Park Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics, we provide oral and inhalation sedation such as nitrous oxide or “laughing gas.” These sedatives are commonly used by pediatric dentists to provide a tranquil, peaceful setting for your child.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, is often used as an inhalation analgesic during a dental procedure. Nitrous Oxide is administered with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that helps anxious patients relax during their dental treatment. Because it is a mild sedative, patients are still conscious and can talk to their pediatric dentist during their visit. When treatment is completed and the gas is turned off, patients will breathe oxygen for a few minutes to exhale any remaining laughing gas. The effects wear off almost immediately. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects, although some patients may experience minor nausea or vomiting.
The medication will be provided by us and administered by an assistant in our office ONE HOUR before the scheduled treatment time. A member of our clinical staff will bring you and your child into a treatment room where they will administer the medication to your child. We will then bring you back to the reception room where your child can play with a favorite toy from home or watch a movie. Your child will be taken into a treatment room again approximately 45 minutes to one hour after the medication has been given.
Important Notes for Parents
- It is extremely important your child has an EMPTY stomach during the treatment so the medication will work best. Your child may have nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night prior to the appointment. For this reason, our office reserves the earliest morning appointments for our patients requiring sedative procedures.
- Your child may be groggy after the appointment. It is advisable you come to the appointment only with your child. We recommend no heavy activity for your child for the remainder of the day. Your child may or may not sleep for a few hours after the appointment.
- Please inform us of any medications your child is taking.
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If you are parent in Bridgeport, Huntington or one of the surrounding communities and your child is very afraid of coming to the dentist or he/she has a physical handicap, please contact us today to see if sedation dentistry is right for your child. Our pediatric dentists in Bridgeport and Huntington, CT are at the top of their field and have been trusted by thousands of parents in the local area for years. Please let us know if you have any questions at all and one of our friendly team members will be happy to assist you!
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