Special Care Dentistry
Nitrous oxide, sometimes referred to as “laughing gas,” is an effective and safe sedation agent that is inhaled through a mask that fits over your child’s nose. Mixed with oxygen, nitrous oxide allows the patient to breathe normally through their nose, and within minutes they should start to feel the effects. They may feel light-headed or notice a tingling in their arms and legs. Some patients comment that their legs and arms feel heavy. Ultimately, they should feel comfortable and calm. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly after the mask is removed. Talk to the doctor about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for your child.
General Anesthesia / Hospital Dentistry
The use of general anesthesia (GA) allows patients to go to sleep while receiving dental treatment. Patients with severe acute anxiety and extensive decay may benefit from GA. Often, very young children, children with special needs, anxiety and mood disorders, or children with complex medical conditions are offered this option. GA is performed in the hospital and administered by a Board Certified Anesthesiologist or Anesthetist.
Dr. Gigi is on the medical staff of the Franciscan Hospital for Children, Lowell General Hospital, and the Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children. We will discuss the risks and benefits of GA to help you decide if this is a good choice for your child.
Franciscan Children’s Hospital
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