For certain dental procedures, Dr. Rawson may want to “numb” your child’s tooth and neighboring gums. Local anesthesia refers to a topical and/or injected anesthetic (such as Lidocaine or Septocaine) that is administered in a specific “localized” area to decrease the sensation of pain. Dr. Rawson’s gentle approach will help make your child feel comfortable during local anesthesia administration as well as the entire duration of the dental procedure.
Nitrous oxide, also called “laughing gas”, is a safe and short-term form of sedation that can reduce your child’s dental anxiety. It is a minimally invasive form of sedation; your child is awake and able to breathe normally during the entire procedure. It is administered through a small mask that fits over your child’s nose. Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and within a few minutes your child may feel a tingling or heavy sensation in his/her arms and legs. It has no long-lasting effects as it completely dissipates from the system once 100% oxygen is administered and the mask is removed; therefore your child is not sedated following their appointment. Dr. Rawson will discuss whether nitrous oxide is a good option for your child’s dental treatment.
General Anesthesia / Hospital Dentistry
Some children with severe dental phobia, special health care needs and/or extensive tooth decay may benefit from a deeper from of sedation. General anesthesia allows your child to be ‘asleep’ for the procedure. It is also referred to as hospital dentistry because it is best performed at the hospital, where your child’s breathing, heart rate and other vital signs can be carefully monitored before, during and after the procedure. Dr. Rawson holds hospital privileges for treatment under general anesthesia at Presbyterian and Lovelace hospitals and can discuss the risks and benefits to help you decide if this is the best option for your child’s needs.