Sedation & Calming Anxious Children
At Krew of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we want to do everything we can to help children develop a positive outlook towards dentistry. Unfortunately, many adults develop a “fear of going to the dentist” based on previous tough dental experiences as children, and we believe we can help change that.
We would rather hear our grown patients say, “I LOVED going to the dentist when I was a kid.” In fact, one of the biggest compliments we receive is when we get to see second-generation patients. We love it when parents bring their kids to our 28-year-old dental practice knowing we will care for their children as we did when they were patients!
While prevention of tooth decay is our first choice, sometimes kids do develop cavities, broken teeth, or other concerns that require dental treatment. We have several techniques that may help children feel calmer during dental procedures! Dr. Massey will discuss these various options with you at the dental check-up so that you can feel great choosing an option that works for your family.
What is Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” helps children relax during dental procedures, without being put to sleep. It is safe, mild, non-addictive, and does not stay in your child’s system so your child can go home without feeling sedated.
Your child will be able to pick out a flavored “mask,” making the experience more fun and approachable. Our friendly krewe is well-trained in assisting with the administration of this wonderful, relaxing gas.
In-Office Sedation in Metairie
Dr. Massey uses conscious sedation to help relieve the anxiety and discomfort associated with more difficult dental procedures. This form of sedation is done in our office. During conscious sedation, your child will be awake for the procedure, but will experience a sedated feeling and may have a blurred memory of the procedure. Dr. Massey administers the sedation medication and our krewe will monitor and assist you and your child before, during, and after the procedure.
There are many safeguards in place that help ensure sedation is administered safely, including:
- Getting an accurate height and weight of the child
- Calculating BMI
- Confirming the child presents with an empty stomach
- Taking and monitoring vital signs (including blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels)
- Specialized training for our team, and many other precautions
If you have any questions about dental sedation in Metairie for your child, you may call our office anytime or set an appointment to discuss the details with Dr. Massey.
Outpatient General Anesthesia
For those children who are young, have extensive dental work, special needs, or would benefit from a deeper type of sedation for dental treatment, Dr. Massey treats patients with the assistance of an anesthesia team in an outpatient setting. This form of sedation is similar to what children experience when they have ear tubes placed, for example.
Call Us Today to Discuss Dental Sedation for Your Child
We can set up a consultation with Dr. Massey for you to determine whether nitrous oxide/laughing gas, in-office sedation, or sedation in a hospital setting may be an option for your child. With Dr. Massey’s guidance, we can select an option for dental sedation that will help calm your child and make dental treatment easier.