Conscious Sedation / Nitrous Oxide Sedation Aka "Anxiety-Free Dentistry"

The Million Dollar Smile Dental Clinic is one of the few dental clinics in Trivandrum that provides an unmatched dental experience under the influence of Nitrous oxide aka “Laughing Gas”. This technique is popularly termed as “Conscious Sedation or Anxiolysis”. This is an extremely safe and effective method used over 5 decades to help apprehensive or anxious patients relax during their dental treatment.

This procedure can be performed on Adults and on Children who can comprehend to instructions. Children above 4 years make best candidates for this procedure. It requires the child to breathe the Laughing/Sweet gas though a mask placed over the child’s nose.

Patients remain alert, awake and can talk to dentists and staff during their treatment. The onset is quick, there are no side effects, and recovery is rapid. When treatment is complete, the nitrous gas is turned off and oxygen is administered for 5 to 10 minutes to help flush any remaining gas. The effects of the gas are limited to the period when the child breathes through his/her nose. There are no after or side effects as the gas is immediately eliminated from the body. The child can enjoy a regular routine for the rest of the day.

Our team at The Million Dollar Smile Dental Clinic is well trained to handle children and help them experience dentistry joyfully. We use a mixture of Behaviour Management Techniques, Laughing Gas/Nitrous oxide sedation or General Anaesthesia for an anxiety-free experiences that often involves voluntary cooperation from children.

Pre-Treatment Care:

  • If your child develops a runny nose, a cough, or a cold, the appointment may have to be postponed. Please report to the clinic immediately.
  • Early arrival gives your child the opportunity to relax and get comfortable. Please be on time or early to help us complete monitoring your child's vital statistics.
  • If your child is taking any medications, it must be reported to the dentist prior to scheduling this procedure.
  • Your child must have had a restful sleep for early morning appointments.
  • There should be a 2 hour gap between the last meal consumed and the dental procedure. Try to give a light meal. This will prevent any nausea and vomiting that the gas might rarely induce.
  • It is best to dress your child in comfortable clothing.
  • It is often relaxing for your child to bring his/her favorite toy along.
  • Your child should be encouraged to go to the bathroom at home or at the office before treatment.

Because of a child’s inability to cooperate, parents are often asked to leave the treatment room. Children often cry when initially separated from their parent. Please do not be alarmed as this is a normal behaviour and they usually settle down once we get them comfortable. Please also do not be alarmed if you hear your child cry during treatment as again, we are not putting them to sleep. We are only relaxing them and even though they may cry, they are usually cooperative.

Post Treatment Care:

  • Children can return to their normal activities. Heavy physical activity like skating, swimming etc can be postponed until the next day.
  • Use of mask that fits over the nose can cause facial skin drying and irritation. Apply a moisturizing cream on the face as well as Vaseline to the lips.
  • Be careful that your child doesn't bite his/her lip, cheek or tongue till the numbness wears off.
  • Take medication as prescribed by the dentist

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