Sedation / Hospital Dentistry

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide is recognized by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry as a safe and effective method to reduce anxiety and produce analgesia. It is commonly referred to as "laughing gas." The gas is delivered through a nasal hood and its onset is rapid and effects are gone within 5 minutes after use. Your child should become more relaxed with use but will remain alert and aware throughout the entire procedure.

Valium Pre-Medication or Mild Sedation

Valium pre-medication is classified as a benzodiazepine that is utilized to help relieve anxiety in a dental setting. This medication is given in-office 45-60 minutes prior to the beginning of treatment and dosed according to your child's weight. Your child should become more relaxed with use but will remain alert and aware throughout the entire procedure.

The most common side effects following valium pre-medication include drowsiness, unsteadiness, and lack of coordination.  Therefore your child may not return to school, and active adult supervision is required. No active playing or activities is allowed. Your child may return to normal activities on the following day.

Treatment under General Anesthesia

General anesthesia or treatment at the operating room is completed at The Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters. Both Drs. Clark and Brown have surgical privileges to perform Hospital Dentistry. Treatment under general anesthesia may be recommended for your child based on extensive dental needs, acute situational anxiety, uncooperative age-appropriate behavior, and certain disabilities or medical conditions. At the treatment planning appointment all hospital paperwork will be reviewed with you.