Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas):
You might be more familiar with nitrous oxide’s other name, laughing gas. It’s breathed in through a special mask and goes to work quickly, creating a sense of peace and relaxation. What’s more, the effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly. Within minutes of reversing the gas and switching back to regular oxygen, your son or daughter will start feeling more like him- or herself. Patients can return to their normal activities immediately after their appointment is over.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedation is an option for young patients who struggle with slightly more advanced anxiety. Instead of just using a gas that’s breathed in through a special mask, it uses a safe and commonly prescribed medication to create feelings of relaxation. The effects of sedation dentistry depend on how well the patient takes the medication orally and take a little longer to wear off. The full effects should wear off within a few hours, but we recommend avoiding normal activities until later in the day. The response to the medication varies for each patient.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
IV sedation is a stronger level of sedation that is still able to be provided in the office setting. In this procedure, a licensed anesthesiologist administers the medicine through an IV to achieve the level of sedation needed for Dr. Mina to complete the dental treatment your child requires. It is sometimes necessary when there is a very young child with extensive treatment needs, a child that has significant fear, or a patient with special health care needs. With this option, even the most extensive volume of dental work is usually able to be completed in one appointment.
General anesthesia describes a type of sedation in which your child will be fully asleep for the entire procedure. As with IV sedation, a licensed anesthesiologist sedates and monitors your child while Dr. Mina completes her dental work. It is possible to perform either in the office setting or at the local hospital (Bozeman Deaconess Hospital).