Commonly known as “laughing gas,” this is a mild and safe form of sedation used for kids of all ages. It’s beneficial for children who have mild dental anxiety. Using nitrous oxide sedation can help your child experience a sense of well-being and relaxation during the dental visit, so that he or she will respond more positively.
Your child remains fully awake while breathing the nitrous oxide, and the effects of the sedation are eliminated after a short period of breathing oxygen with no lingering effects.
The general anesthesia is administered at the Alberta Surgical Centre by a board-certified medical anesthesiologist who monitors your child closely while the pediatric dentist completes the necessary treatment with his assisting dental assistant. In addition, a registered nurse will help with starting procedures and the recovery stage.
For children under three years old, use a smear roughly the size of a grain of rice, and make sure they don't swallow any of it. For children that are older than three, you can use a pea sized amount of toothpaste. Consider using a non-alcoholic fluoridated mouthwash to help keep bacteria levels at a minimum.
Regularly brushing and flossing helps to prevent cavities, but what else can be done? Here are some additional prevention tips to protect your child's oral health:
Fluoride inhibits the leeching of minerals from the teeth, and can help to strengthen the areas of the teeth that have already been affected by loss of mineral. Our pediatric dentist will recommend fluoride treatments for your child based on the results of their exam. Children who are at higher risk of developing cavities benefit the most from these professional fluoride applications.
MI paste can be used as an alternative to fluoride treatments to help strengthen your child's teeth. This topical cream contains phosphate and calcium, two key minerals that help to protect your teeth from cavities. Our pediatric dentists will show you how to apply the MI paste to your child's teeth so you can continue to use it at home as needed. Unlike fluoride treatments, MI paste needs to be applied a little more frequently to ensure it's effective.
Your child's diet plays a key role in the state of their oral health. Follow these tips to ensure your child makes tooth-friendly food choices.