Sedating children for travel
When the procedure is complete, the nitrous oxide will be turned off and your child will breathe in pure oxygen for about 5 minutes to clear out any remaining gas.
You should limit your child to a very light meal before this procedure, such as toast or a bagel.
Once your child has received sedation, the dentist will give him or her an injection (shot) or injections in the treatment area to keep it pain-free during and after the procedure.
The sedation medicine may last up to 6 hours after the treatment is done.
IV Sedation Intravenous (IV) sedation requires a needle to be inserted into your child’s vein, usually in the arm or hand.
The biggest advantage to IV sedation is that the dentist can give your child more medicine during a longer procedure to keep him or her relaxed.
Please read the following information to learn about this medication, its possible use for your child’s dental procedure, and how you can help.
Nitrous Oxide Often called “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a very safe, mild sedative that will help your child remain relaxed during dental procedures.
Your child’s dentist will give the sedation with the use of a “space mask,” which carries air (oxygen) mixed with the medication.
Your dentist will have your child take the medicine once you arrive at the appointment.
If your child is having sedation, he or she should have nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before the appointment.