Children are patients who must be approached gently and with plenty of patience. It is highly important that the first visits to the dental practice go by in a pleasant and positive atmosphere, in order for the child to gain a positive attitude towards the dentist and make a habit of regular dental check-ups. This very attitude will last a lifetime and it's the basis for the child's oral health in the future.
In our Pediatric Dentistry, almost on a daily basis, we see children who have a panic fear of dentists and are scared because of an unpleasant past experience. Such children should be given enough time to get to know the ambient and the staff of the new practice. Moreover, they should be approached even gentler and more patient. The lost trust should be rebuilt, because it is essential for the future cooperation between the child and the dentist.
Keeping our numerous little patients in mind, dental practice ŠkodaDENT is one of the first in Croatia to introduce the nitrous oxide inhalation sedation for children. This safe and harmless method helps the little ones to overcome their fear and to erase their trauma, so their dental problems can be easily solved.
How is it administered?
Nitrous oxide is administered mixed with oxygen, inhaled through a special nasal mask. The dose is adapted for each patient according to individual needs. Patient remains awake during the sedation and is able to communicate.
How does it work?
For all dental procedures the minimal dose of nitrous oxide is sufficient to:
- Remove fear and discomfort
- Cause comfort
- Relax the patient
- Make the patient feel “heavy”
- Minimize the gag reflex
- Reduce the feeling of passing of time
- Increase the suggestibility
- Diminish the trauma caused by the procedure
Bigger dose of nitrous oxide:
- Decreases the sensitivity to pain
- Causes cheerfulness and euphoria
Nitrous oxide cannot cause deep sedation.
How safe is it?
The study of the Federal Association of Pediatric Dentists found only 8 cases of side effects (i.e. nausea) among 7145 sedations in a year. It was the only side effect which happened in merely 0,11% of the cases.
Who are the ideal candidates?
Who is not eligible?
- Patients with severe health problems
- Patients who cannot breathe through their nose
- Patients who are afraid of losing control
- Patients who have trouble with communication
- Patients who suffer from claustrophobia