Three Types of AnesthesiaMany children do well without additional medication, but sometimes anesthesia is needed to help kids feel comfortable and cooperate throughout a dental procedure. Our gentle pediatric dentists use anesthesia in three levels:
Basic: Nitrous Oxide. Sometimes the age or cognitive abilities of a child prevents them from sitting still during a dental checkup and teeth cleaning. Gentle nitrous oxide is inhaled through a flavored nose piece to relax children during simple procedures. Level 2: Oral Sedation. Many children may require a sedative to relax during short procedures like cavity fillings, dental crown work and gum disease treatment. Level 2 anesthesia is usually administered orally with the medications Versed and Hydroxyzine. It reduces anxiety and relaxes muscles. Level 3: Full General Anesthesia. Patients who require deep IV sedation have it administered by a licensed anesthesiologist at one of four hospitals and surgery centers in Albuquerque, New Mexico.Anesthesia in pediatric dentistry is safe, with proven techniques that have been used and improved upon for decades. It can be used for simple check-ups and cleanings, as well as complex procedures like gum disease treatment and tooth extraction.