Sedation Dentistry

Our pediatric dentist is trained in working with young, immature and sometimes frightened children and those children with special needs. At Wow Smiles we do not sedate every child that comes to our office. Our goal is to treat children in the safest and least invasive way possible. Whether or not we use sedation for your child will depend on our dentist’s recommendation, your child’s condition and anxiety level and you, the parent’s input.

If sedation is recommended for your child, we will take every precaution to make sure your child receives the proper monitoring and care necessary. We will use a combination of monitoring tools to assure the safety of your child. While we cannot make sedation risk-free, we do all we can to facilitate safety for our patients.


Some children are given nitrous oxide/oxygen, or “laughing gas” in order to relax them for dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, nitrous oxide and oxygen. 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 in 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.

Your child should NOT have any food or drink at least 2 hours prior to their appointment.