We realize that every parent has questions regarding the options available for preparing a child of any age for dental treatment.  This may include sealants, fillings, crowns, baby root canals, extractions, or any other procedure that has been recommended by Dr. Halley or Dr. Andy.  She/he will discuss with you and your child the best means to achieve a successful result.

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing or Giggle Gas): This is a blend of two gasses-oxygen & nitrous oxide.  When inhaled, it is absorbed by the body and has a calming effect.  Normal breathing eliminates nitrous oxide from the body.  Your child will experience a sense of well-being and relaxation and be less worried about the sights, sounds, or sensations associated with dental treatment.  Nitrous oxide is perhaps the safest sedative in dentistry.  It is non-addictive and quickly eliminated from the body.  Your child remains fully conscious.

Nitrous Oxide/Oral Valium (Diazepam): Valium is used for the management of anxiety and to provide a slight sedation and amnesia.  This medication will not cause your child to be asleep during the procedure.  It can be given orally crushed in applesauce or yogurt if your child cannot swallow the small tablet.

Moderate Concious Sedation: Treatment of the uncooperative child with uncontrollable body movement can be unsafe for both the child and operator.  Some children benefit from being sedated before dental treatment.  The procedure used in our office involves the use of several sedative drugs that will be chosen based on your child’s needs, age and weight.

Out-patient Hospital Operating Room, Treatment under General Anesthesia: Children with severe anxiety and/or the inability to cooperate are candidates for general anesthesia.  These children may be young or have compromised health or special needs.  They usually require extensive treatment when their anxiety cannot be controlled in the conventional office setting.  Dr. Halley or Dr. Andy completes these procedures at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Onslow Memorial Hospital under the supervision of the anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists.