Pediatric Dentistry of Reston (703) 435-1500
1984 Isaac Newton Square, Ste 200
Reston, VA 20190

Sedation Dentistry

IV Sedation

Sedation is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs that would not work well under conscious sedation. The dentist performs the dental treatment in our office with the child anesthetized under Deep IV sedation, which is administered and monitored by an anesthesiologist.

Dr. Neda will discuss with you in great detail if IV sedation is a good option for your child.

Nitrous Oxide

Many children are calm, comfortable, and confident in our dental office because we make them feel special and have certain ways of talking to them and comforting their anxiety. Staff members choose to work here because they like kids, so we will make every effort possible to assist your child in relaxing him or her with a lot of show and tell and use many creative “dental words”. However, sometimes a child still feels anxious during treatment.  Your child may need more support than a gentle, caring manner to feel comfortable.  Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a safe, effective technique to calm a child’s fear of the dental visit.

Q:  What is nitrous oxide/oxygen?

A:  Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide.  When inhaled, it is absorbed by the body and has a calming effect.  Normal breathing eliminates nitrous oxide/oxygen from the body.

Q:  How will my child feel when breathing nitrous/oxide?

A:  Your child will smell a sweet, pleasant aroma and experience a sense of well-being and relaxation.  If your child is worried by the sights, sounds, or sensations of dental treatment, he or she may respond more positively with the use of nitrous oxide/oxygen.

Q:  How safe is nitrous oxide/oxygen?

A:  Very safe.  Nitrous oxide/oxygen is perhaps the safest sedative in dentistry.  It is non addictive.  It is mild, easily taken, and then quickly eliminated by the body.  Your child remains fully conscious, keeps all natural reflexes, when breathing nitrous oxide/oxygen. 

Q:  Are there any special instructions for nitrous oxide/oxygen?

A:  First, give your child little or no food before the dental visit.  (Occasionally, nausea or vomiting occurs when a child has a full stomach.)  Second, tell the doctor about any respiratory condition that makes breathing through the nose difficult for your child.  It may limit the effectiveness of nitrous oxide/oxygen.  Third, tell the doctor if your child is taking any medication on the day of the appointment.

Q:  Will nitrous oxide/oxygen work for all children?

A:  We know that not all children are alike!  Every service is tailored to your child as an individual.  Nitrous oxide/oxygen is not effective for some children, especially those who have severe anxiety, nasal congestion, extensive treatment needs, or discomfort wearing a nasal mask. 
If this is the case, we may suggest other sedation methods that would be more appropriate for your child.

Information from The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.