Oral Conscious Sedation
Let your anxious child benefit from Oral Conscious Sedation, a light form of sedation given in the form of a drinkable liquid in an amount measured for their weight. This sedation method is light and termed oral "conscious" sedation because your child is not induced to sleep. There are various types of oral conscious sedation medication available. Feel at ease knowing the oral conscious sedation used at Silver Star Dental is a very safe and effective method of providing dental care if your child is fearful and would not otherwise accept dental treatment. Beneficial effects of the medication include:
- reduced anxiety
- muscle relaxant
Rest easy knowing your child is in the hands of an expert specially trained in sedation. Dr. Hsu is certified to use oral conscious sedation by the Dental Board of California and received his certification at Loma Linda School of Dentistry in Southern California.
Nitrous Oxide Inhalation Sedation
Take advantage of Nitrous Oxide Inhalation Sedation by itself or together with oral conscious sedation, depending upon the apprehension level of your child. If your child is only somewhat or mildly nervous about dental work, let nitrous oxide help control the anxiety. Nitrous oxide is a drug in the form of a gas delivered to your child through a mask that fits over the nose. Nitrous oxide is considered to be extremely safe because its effect only lasts as long as your child is breathing the gas. Feel safe knowing the nitrous oxide gas is given to your child with oxygen, ensuring he/she gets as much or more oxygen than from breathing just air. Beneficial effects of nitrous oxide include the following:
- reduced anxiety
- pain reduction
- altered perception of time (appointments seem short)
- visual fear reduction (nose mask blocks child's view of dental instruments and other things that could potentially frighten the child)
There is a small chance that your child may become nauseated by nitrous oxide, resulting in vomiting. Nitrous oxide is also known to be potentially harmful to unborn children in pregnant mothers. Therefore, if you are a pregnant mom, you should not be in the same room with your child during the use of nitrous oxide. Otherwise, nitrous oxide gas is very safe and its advantages far outweigh its disadvantages, making it a popular tool to treat anxious pediatric dental patients.
Hospital General Anesthesia
If your child experiences extreme fears and anxiety or has special needs; hospital general anesthesia may be a great solution for you. Your child rests comfortably and completely asleep while dental work is completed. Feel confident knowing that Dr. Hsu is on staff at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, Sutter Auburn Surgery Center and Kaiser Roseville Medical Center, where he can provide dental care for your child under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. An anesthesiologist provides and safely monitors your child's sedation while Dr. Hsu performs the dental work. Work together with Dr. Hsu to determine if this, or any other type of sedation, is the appropriate option for your child.