Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen (N2O/O2)

N2O/O2 is a very mild sedation technique, it is also used to distract your child during dental treatment. It may make your child feel like they are floating or tingley. N2O/O2 is completely reversible, your child will breath 100% oxygen for about 5 minutes at the end of the appointment. They will be given a nasal hood, we call them kitty noses or super hero noses, to take home so that they can practice having it on their nose. Having their own "nose" helps to prevent cross contamination between children. This "nose" also prevents your child from seeing the local anesthetic if it is required for treatment. Our office uses N2O/O2 for treatment that requires local anesthetic, when treating a slightly anxious child, laser (Wally) treatment and for treatment that can be completed without local anesthetic. There are very few contraindications for using N2O/O2 so please talk with Dr. Tari if you have concerns.

Oral Sedation

Very few children require oral sedation, and we use this technique with moderately anxious children with small amounts of decay present. Your child must be healthy and not have a history of respiratory illness, have large tonsils or have asthma to even be considered for an oral sedation. Dr. Tari may discuss this option for treatment if your child falls into the oral sedation parameters.

This procedure is done in the office, your child will take sedation medicine and be observed (vitals taken every 15 minutes) in our front office while they watch a movie for an hour before they will be taken back for the appointment. Two guardians must be at the appointment to help watch the child on the way home. Your child should not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before an oral sedation appointment.

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is advised for very young children (under age 3), children with extensive dental needs or patients with special healthcare needs. This is when your child is in the hospital as an out patient and an anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist delivers the general anesthesia. Dr. Tari will complete all treatment but she is not the person who delivers the anesthesia. Usually, your child will have a recovery at the hospital for at least 1 hour following treatment, but then you will be allowed to take them home. A pre-op physical with an admitting physician to Good Samaritan Hospital is required one week prior to out patient dental appointment. Our office will schedule your pre-op physical and the dental treatment at the hospital for you. Also, your child should not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before treatment at the hospital. Pre and post-operative instructions will be given and gone over with you by Dr. Tari and her staff in the office.