Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Kids Klub Pediatric Dentistry

Sara Bukhari, DDS

Certified Pediatric Dentist located in Phoenix, AZ

For children who feel anxiety during dental procedures, customized sedation dentistry — such as nitrous oxide/laughing gas, and general anesthesia — is a safe and effective way to reduce anxiety and discomfort. At Kids Klub Pediatric Dentistry in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Sara Bukhari and her skilled dental team work hard to make your child’s experience as positive and comfortable as possible and relieve anxiety by safely administering the appropriate sedation dentistry option when necessary. Call or book your child’s dental appointment online today.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

by Sara Bukhari, DDS

What is pediatric sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry involves using different methods to manage anxiety and pain that some children feel regarding necessary dental procedures. There are different types of sedation dentistry, and Dr. Bukhari helps you determine the appropriate method of sedation for your child. The right type of sedation effectively puts your child at ease, so they can stay in the dental chair for important dental care.

What are the different types of pediatric sedation dentistry?

The most common types of pediatric sedation dentistry include nitrous oxide, conscious sedation and intravenous (IV) sedation.

In some cases, IV sedation may be used for more invasive dental procedures such as extractions, gum surgery, and root canals.

Why would my child need sedation dentistry?

If your child is anxious about their upcoming dental procedure, you might want to discuss sedation dentistry with Dr. Bukhari to reduce their anxiety.

Dr. Bukhari might recommend sedation dentistry for:

  • Long procedures
  • Children with special needs
  • Children who have difficulty standing still
  • Children who are particularly fearful of the dentist

What is laughing gas or nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a colorless gas typically used for anxiety and pain relief to help patients of all ages have minor dental procedures.

Nitrous oxide is a dissociative anesthetic since it induces disassociation of the mind from the body or a floating sensation. It’s usually administered through a small mask that also carries oxygen with the medication. The medication takes effect when your child breathes through their nose.

Laughing gas is completely safe and has been used in the field of pediatric dentistry for many years. Sometimes children even enjoy the strange euphoria and sense of happiness the gas can cause.

What happens when my child has laughing gas?

Your child inhales laughing gas through a special mask, along with oxygen. Your child remains awake and in a state of calm that enables a smoother dental procedure.

For a short period, inhaling the laughing gas creates:

  • Numbness
  • A floating sensation
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • A feeling of excitement
  • An immediate rush of euphoria
  • Laughter, often uncontrolled

Laughing gas affects children differently, depending on their health, weight, and size, and the amount of laughing gas administered.

Learn more about sedation dentistry when you visit Dr. Bukhari. Call or click to book online.