Nitrous Oxide

Some children are given nitrous oxide/oxygen - or what you may know as laughing gas - to relax them for their dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is given through a small pleasantly scented breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose, allowing them to relax without putting them to sleep. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique for treating children’s dental needs. The gas is mild, easily taken, non-addictive and it is quickly eliminated from the body.

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General Anesthesia (GA)

General Anesthesia is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, children with extensive dental needs, and/or children with special health care needs. General anesthesia renders your child completely asleep while receiving dental treatment. While there are assumed risks with general anesthesia, it is safe and administered by highly trained anesthesia providers. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes general anesthesia as a safe way for children to receive quality dental treatment. The risks of NO treatment include tooth pain, infection, swelling, the spread of new decay, damage to their developing adult teeth and possible life-threatening hospitalization from a dental infection.

Our office is pleased to provide in-office general anesthesia (GA) administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist as a safe way for our patients to get the care they need. While your child is under GA, your child’s dental treatment will be provided by board-certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Emily Taylor.

Dr. Taylor also maintains hospital privileges at the operating room/surgery center facilities at Phelps Health Hospital in Rolla.

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