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(863) 357-7338

2029 HWY 441 North

Okeechobee, FL 34972

Sedation

Nitrous Oxide

Some children are given nitrous oxide/oxygen, or what you may know as laughing gas, to relax them for their dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose, allowing them to relax, but without putting them to sleep. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique to use for treating children’s dental needs. The gas is mild, easily taken, then with normal breathing, it is quickly eliminated from the body. It is non-addictive. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes.

Prior to your appointment:

  • Please inform us of any change to your child’s health and/or medical condition.
  • Tell us about any respiratory condition that makes breathing through the nose difficult for your child. It may limit the effectiveness of the nitrous oxide/oxygen.
  • Let us know if your child is taking any medication on the day of the appointment.

Conscious Sedation

Conscious Sedation is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs. It is used to calm your child and to reduce the anxiety or discomfort associated with dental treatments. Your child may be quite drowsy, and may even fall asleep, but they will not become unconscious. Dr. Kindell will select the medication best suited for your child’s overall health and dental treatment. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have concerning the specific plan to give to your child.

Prior to your appointment:

  • Please notify us of any change in your child’s health and/or medical condition. Do not bring your child for treatment with a fever, ear infection or cold. Should your child become ill, contact us to see if it is recommended to postpone the appointment.
  • You must tell the doctor of any medications that your child is currently taking and any drug reactions and/or change in medical history.
  • Please dress your child in loose fitting, comfortable clothing.
  • Please make sure that your child goes to the bathroom immediately prior to arriving at the office.
  • Your child should not have anything to eat or drink after midnight the night before their sedation appointment unless you are specifically directed otherwise by a member of our staff. It is very important that you inform us upon arrival to the office if your child has had ANYTHING to eat or drink after midnight the night before the appointment.
  • Please watch your child closely while the medication is taking effect.  Hold them in your lap or keep them close to you.
  • Your child will act drowsy and may become slightly excited at first.

After the sedation appointment:

  • Your child will be drowsy and will need to be monitored very closely. Keep your child away from areas of potential harm.
  • If your child wants to sleep, place them on their left side with their chin up. Wake your child every hour and encourage them to have something to drink in order to prevent dehydration. At first it is best to give your child sips of clear liquids to prevent nausea. The first meal should be light and easily digestible.
  • If your child vomits, help them bend over and turn their head to the side to insure that they do not inhale the vomit.
  • Because we use local anesthetic to numb your child’s mouth during the procedure, your child may have the tendency to bite or chew their lips, cheeks, and/or tongue and/or rub and scratch their face after treatment. Please observe your child carefully to prevent any injury to these areas.
  • Please call our office for any questions or concerns that you might have.  You can expect a call from us the afternoon of the sedation appointment to check on your child.

I.V. Sedation

I.V. Sedation is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, children with extensive dental needs, and children with special needs that would not work well under conscious sedation. During I.V. sedation you child will remain completely asleep or a “twilight sleep” and is not aware of the treatment being completed. All dental treatment is completed in one appointment during I.V. sedation. The dentist performs the dental treatment in our office with the child anesthetized under I.V. sedation, which is administered and monitored by a pediatric anesthesiologist.

Prior to your appointment:

  • Please notify us of any change in your child’s health and/or medical condition. Do not bring your child for treatment with a fever, ear infection or cold. Should your child become ill, contact us to see if it is necessary to postpone the appointment.
  • You must tell the doctor of any medications that your child is currently taking and any drug reactions and/or change in medical history.
  • Please dress your child in loose fitting, comfortable clothing.
  • Please make sure that your child goes to the bathroom immediately prior to arriving at the office.
  • Your child should not have anything to eat or drink after midnight the night before their sedation appointment unless you are specifically directed otherwise by a member of our staff. It is very important that you inform us upon arrival to the office if your child has had ANYTHING to eat or drink after midnight the night before the appointment.
  • The Pediatric Anesthesiologist we use is Dr. Garcia. We’d love for parents to visit his site and view the videos found there.

After the sedation appointment:

  • Your child will be drowsy and will need to be monitored very closely.
  • Keep your child away from areas of potential harm.
  • If your child wants to sleep, place them on their left side with their chin up. Wake your child every hour and encourage them to have something to drink in order to prevent dehydration. At first it is best to give your child sips of clear liquids to prevent nausea. The first meal should be light and easily digestible.
  • If your child vomits, help them bend over and turn their head to the side to insure that they do not inhale the vomit.
  • Please call our office for any questions or concerns that you might have.  You can expect a call from us the afternoon of the sedation appointment to check on your child.

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