Local anesthesia refers to a topical and/or injected anesthetic that will affect only the targeted area for a brief period of time to minimize or eliminate sensation or pain in that specific “localized” area during a dental procedure.
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.
Sedation dentistry is used to help an anxious and or fearful child cope with any treatment needs. The term sedation generally is used to refer to laughing gas, oral sedation or IV sedation. Dr. Choi has performed thousands of cases without a single adverse event and you can rest assured that your child will be treated in a safe manner, monitored at all times throughout treatment. We offer various types of conscious sedation based on the needs of your child. Successful sedation could help us deliver the best dental care of your child and allow your child to have a relaxing experience throughout dental treatment. The specific type of sedation used will be determined by our doctor on an individual basis.
General Anesthesia / Hospital Dentistry
We proudly partner with Arnot Ogden Medical Center to provide treatment for those requiring deeper levels of anesthesia. Hospital Dentistry, also called general anesthesia, uses medications to allow the patient to go to sleep while receiving dental treatment. Patients with high levels of anxiety or with special needs may benefit from IV Sedation. General anesthesia can also be a good option for patients with extensive tooth decay, patients who are undergoing surgical dental procedures, or patients with special needs. Dr. Choi will be happy to discuss the risks and benefits of general anesthesia to help you decide if this might be a good choice for your child.