Ways to Relieve Anxiety
Inhalation Conscious Sedation — Nitrous oxide, a sedative you inhale, has been used in dental offices for nearly 100 years. It is a relatively poor pain reliever but a very good anti-anxiety medication. It is administered through a nasal hood, which resembles a small cup that is placed over your nose. The oxygen mixed with nitrous oxide provides a light-headed or even euphoric feeling, which is quick to wear off so there is no “hangover” effect. All bodily functions remain essentially normal during the use of this sedative, which is very safe.
One or more sedative medications are administered to the patient in attempt to achieve an increased level of sedation over nitrous oxide and oxygen alone. The specific medication(s) are chosen based on the particular needs of your child and the treatment goals of the doctor. The oral medication is supplemented with nitrous oxide and oxygen. Special monitoring and training are required for the administration of this type of sedation.
Dr. Olen & Dr. Maurer both are licensed for oral conscious sedation through the Dental Board of California.