I sometimes combine nitrous with IV for proper needle phobics, for whom desensitisation doesn’t work. There are many procedures that can’t be really be done under GA and there is always the risk of death.Interactions with medical providers are stressful experiences for children.These are not recommended for use instead of, but solution for overcoming dental anxiety or phobia”, but in reality, many people don’t like the idea of sedation.Scores on dental anxiety tests bear little or no correlation to the need for (or desirability of) sedation. Are there certain procedures which would be too painful otherwise?But too many activities can easily lead to stress and anxiety in kids. If you suspect that a change in the family such as a new sibling, a move, divorce, or a death of a family member is behind your youngster's stress and anxiety, seek advice from an expert such as your youngster's school counselor, your pediatrician, or a child therapist. Let him know that it’s okay to feel bad about something, and encourage him to share his emotions and thoughts. If your youngster sees or hears upsetting images or accounts of natural disasters such as earthquakes or tsunamis or sees disturbing accounts of violence or terrorism on the news, talk to your youngster about what's going on.Just as grownups need some downtime after work and on weekends, kids also need some quiet time alone to decompress. Reassure her that she and the people she loves are not in danger. You know how enormously comforting it can be just to have someone listen when something’s bothering you. If he doesn’t feel like talking, let him know you are there for him. Try to do something she enjoys, like playing a favorite game or cuddling in your lap and having you read to her, just as you did when she was younger. You can set the tone for how stress and anxiety in kids is handled in your house.It’s easy to become disorientated and miss your stop if going by bus or train, or walk straight in front of a car – or you might even forget that you’re on your way to your dentist’s (“hey cool” I hear you say :wink:)… The classification of whether a benzodiazepine is sedative-hypnotic or anti-anxiety is to some extent an arbitrary one, as the boundaries are quite fluid.As a rule of thumb, in higher doses benzos act like sedatives and may promote sleep, while in lower doses, they simply reduce anxiety.
If you feel that the right dentist and psychological techniques alone won’t do the trick for you, have a look at the available pharmacological options for coping with dental anxiety.
Nitrous Oxide is for people who are a bit nervous, it calms them down nicely and is a fairly effective painkiller.
It’s fantastic for older children and properly done almost guarantees painless dentistry.
Don’t self-medicate and stick to the dose your dentist or doctor recommends (which may be a higher dose than specified on the drug package insert.
Reason being that the package inserts recommend a dose to induce sedation or sleep in a nonstress situation such as the home environment).