Safe Sedation at the Dentist
As a viral smash, David After Dentist allowed the nation a sneak peak into the moments after a child wakes from sedation after a dental procedure. A father, whose son was still feeling loopy from his recent sedation, loaded the video on YouTube. The short video went viral in just three days, with more than 108 million views to date. The enormous response to a child’s actions after being sedated is not surprising. Children (and adults) often find themselves experiencing an out-of-body sensation after sedation. During many pediatric dental procedures, children (and parents) are offered a calming option for anxiety. Nitrous oxide is considered a “conscious sedation method.” Nitrous oxide is actually very safe for use in pediatric dentistry. Laughing gas (as nitrous oxide is commonly called) is administered using a mask. The mask is placed over the face and inhaled until the body feels relaxed and sleepy. Laughing gas is used in pediatric dentistry when a child feels overly anxious about a procedure, when the child has a very sensitive gag reflex, or to reduce the pain associated with a complex procedure. Many parents feel anxiety about this type of sedation, but it is known to be a very safe method – even for most pregnant women! Listed below are four types of patients who should AVOID nitrous oxide:
- Persons with phobias or disabilities that prevent them from breathing through a mask.
- Persons who have some psychiatric conditions, including schizophrenia.
- Persons who are sensitive to nitrous oxide.
- Persons who suffer from emphysema or another lung condition.