Dr. John and our team at Harbor Pediatric Dentistry want every child to have an exceptional experience with our office. In cases where children need restorative dental care (fillings, crowns, etc.), we want to make sure that they are comfortable and continue to have a positive association with our team. As such, we offer different sedation options for our children.
N₂O, often called “laughing gas,” is commonly used to help children feel more comfortable and relaxed during restorative treatment. Children breathe in a mixture of N₂O and oxygen through their nose throughout the procedure to achieve the relaxing effect. While they will feel calmer, they will still be awake, responsive, and able to talk with Dr. John. When we are finished with treatment, children will breathe pure oxygen for 5 minutes which removes the remaining gas from their system and eliminates the potential for any lingering effects.
The nose pieces that we use have different scents such as strawberry, orange, or grape for your child to choose from to make the experience fun and enjoyable! We do recommend no heavy meals for at least one hour prior to your child’s appointment, but they can have something soft to eat as soon as they’re done! Milkshakes and smoothies are great treats!
In cases where children have a significant number of cavities or are extremely anxious and unable to have their treatment completed with just NO2, we offer general anesthesia services. The dental treatment under general anesthesia can be completed at either Valleygate Dental Surgery Center or Atrium Health (formerly Carolinas Medical Center). In these cases, a board-certified anesthesiologist puts children completely to sleep and Dr. John completes all of their dental treatment in one appointment. We want to provide the best care possible for our children and, in some cases, this is the best way to provide that care. If you feel that your child may need general anesthesia for their restorative treatment, please give our office a call so that we can see how we can help.