IV Treatment Options
Today in dentistry there are several methods available to relax the very nervous or difficult patient. The three most widely used methods in dentistry are as follows:
(Nitrous Oxide & Oxygen)
When your child is seated in the dental chair, the dentist places a small mask over the nose to deliver the “laughing gas”. When the treatment is over , and the effects of the nitrous have worn off your child will be awake and alert. Nitrous oxide and oxygen has been used in dentistry, in conjunction with local anesthetic, for many years.
With oral sedation your child will be given a pill to swallow when you arrive at the office. Oral sedatives have a very relaxing effect but have no pain relieving qualities, so a local anesthetic is used. The patient may not remember having their mouth numbed. Your child will be awake and feel drowsy and relaxed during treatment. This procedure works well with the more cooperative child patient.
With this procedure, medication is delivered through a small needle placed in the back of the hand. Relaxation from the medication is fast acting. IV sedation eliminates anxiety and pain. However, local anesthetic will still be used to ensure your child will not experience pain after completion of the procedure. Your child may be so relaxed that he may be unaware of the sights and sounds around him, but he still able to respond to verbal cues from the dentist. Even though your child may awake crying, that is more a drug reaction , and not pain. Later they usually remember little or nothing about the appointment.