Very Safe. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is perhaps the safest sedative in dentistry. It is well tolerated. It has a rapid onset, is reversible, can be adjusted in various concentrations and is non-allergenic. Your child remains fully conscious–keeps all natural reflexes when breathing nitrous oxide/oxygen. He or she will be capable of responding to a question or request. Nitrous oxide/oxygen may also be used in combination with other sedative agents. Find out what nitrous oxide is if you miss that post. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed.

Nitrous Oxide

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Your child will smell a faint, sweet aroma and experience a sense of well-being and relaxation. Since it may produce a feeling of giddiness or euphoria, it is often called “laughing gas.” Children sometimes report dreaming and their arms and legs may feel “tingly.” It raises the pain threshold and may even make the time seem to pass quickly. If your child is worried by the sights, sounds or sensations of dental treatment, he or she may respond more positively with the use of nitrous oxide/oxygen. To learn more, ask you dentist about nitrous oxide. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed.

Nitrous Oxide

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Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. A fitted mask is placed over the nose and as the patient breathes normally, uptake occurs through the lungs. At the end of treatment, it is eliminated after a short period of breathing oxygen and has no lingering effects.

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Most children are calm, comfortable and confident in a pediatric dental office. The office is designed for young people and pediatric dentists have more training in caring for infants, children and adolescents. Staff members choose to work in a pediatric dental office because they like children and want to cater to their special needs. Theses elements combine to make your child feel relaxed and special.

Sometimes, however, a child may feel anxious before or during treatment. Your child may need more support than a gentle, caring manner to feel comfortable. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a safe, effective sedative agent used to calm a child’s fear of the dental visit and enhance effective communication. Additionally, it works well for children whose gag reflex interferes with dental treatment.

Nitrous Oxide

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Thumb, finger and pacifier sucking affect the teeth and jaws in essentially the same way. However, a pacifier habit often is easier to break. Also see child’s habit.

Thumb, Finger Sucking

Thumb, Finger Sucking

Most children stop sucking habits on their own, but some children need the help of their parents and their pediatric dentist. When your child is old enough to understand the possible results of a sucking habit, your pediatric dentist can urge your child to stop, as well as talk about what happens to the teeth and jaws if your child does not stop. This advice, coupled with support from parents, helps most children quit. If this approach does not work, your pediatric dentist may recommend ways to change the behavior, including a mouth appliance that interferes with sucking habits. Remember to always praise your child for their efforts. Leave us your comments. We greatly appreciate your opinion. Let us know what other topic you would like to have covered. Check out this related post on sucking habit.

Thumb, Finger Sucking

Thumb, Finger Sucking

Your pediatric dentist will carefully watch the way your child’s teeth erupt and jaws develop, keeping the sucking habit in mind at all times. Because persistent habits may cause long-term problems, intervention may be recommended for children beyond 3 years of age.

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Thumb, Finger Sucking

Thumb, Finger Sucking