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Vincent Luan, DDS
Alice Luan, DDS
Katy Jones, DDS
Aline Medina, DDS
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Sedation Options

Your doctor will collaborate with you to determine whether nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, IV sedation, or general anesthesia is the best option for your child. These brief explanations will help you understand what each option entails and the types of cases for which they are best suited.

Nitrous Oxide

You may have had laughing gas at your own dental appointment. The same gas is used for children, but at a lower, appropriate, and safe dosage. The child breathes in the gas through a facemask and feels giddy, perhaps silly. Nitrous oxide reduces the patient’s ability to sense mental or physical discomfort, time seems to pass quickly, and the effects subside when we stop administering the gas.

Nitrous oxide is best suited for children who need a little help to feel comfortable, be compliant, and sit still during a dental procedure. The child stays awake and is able to respond to questions and directions.

Oral Conscious Sedation

An oral sedative in liquid or pill form, in the appropriate dosage for your child’s age and weight, can make a dental appointment much more comfortable. After taking the medication, we’ll wait about 45 minutes to let it take effect, before beginning any procedure. During treatment, we’ll closely monitor your child’s breathing and pulse, and we may also administer some nitrous oxide. Expect your little one to feel groggy for a few hours following the appointment.

Oral conscious sedation is best suited for children who need more sedation than nitrous oxide offers, but do not require a deep sedation. Kids who feel anxious, scared, or cannot cooperate with instructions to maintain a safe and efficient environment, may be well suited for oral conscious sedation.

Conscious IV Sedation

With more dramatic sedative effects than nitrous or oral sedation, IV sedation is administered by an anesthesiologist in our office. In short, your child will receive a safe dosage of sedative through an IV in his vein. He will enter a twilight state, in which he’ll be still and conscious, unable to recognize any discomfort of mind or body. Many procedures, or a lengthy procedure, can be effectively completed when a child is under IV sedation. We can also take x-rays, if they were not able to be taken when your child was fully alert.

IV sedation is particularly beneficial for patients who may otherwise have a stressful, unpleasant, or traumatic experience, because after the effects subside, the child will remember little or none of his procedure. He may not even recall visiting the dentist’s office.

General Anesthesia

If your child needs to be asleep during his dental procedure(s), we will recommend general anesthesia by way of IV sedation. The administration process is the same, but more medicine is delivered to take the child from a twilight state to a sleeping state.

General anesthesia is best suited for children with special needs, certain medical conditions, or who cannot be still during treatment.

Call Now to Learn More

To discuss sedation dentistry for your child, call us at (281) 238-GRIN (4746) and schedule a consultation with Dr. Vincent Luan, Dr. Alice Luan, or Dr. Katy Jones. Located in Richmond, our pediatric dentist’s office serves patients from Cumings, Rosenberg, Pecan Grove, and other nearby communities.