Nitrous oxide is commonly referred to as laughing gas. Nitrous is a blend of two gasses, oxygen, and nitrous, and provides mild sedation during dental procedures. The gas is breathed in through a small mask placed over the child’s nose. The gas takes effect quickly through normal breathing and is cleared from the body quickly after it is turned off. It allows your child to relax during the dental procedure while remaining fully conscious and awake.
Prior to the use of nitrous oxide please notify our office of:
Any changes in their health history or medications.
Any recent or current ear infections, nasal congestion, or respiratory conditions.
Children that are very young, apprehensive or have special needs often require a slightly stronger level of sedation to allow dental treatment to be completed safely and comfortably. Conscious sedation allows your child to become drowsy or possibly fall asleep, but remain conscious and maintain all refluxes throughout the procedure.
There are a variety of medications that can be used and the doctor will recommend the best medication for your child based on their medical history and the dental treatment required.
Prior to your child’s conscious sedation appointment please:
Notify Silverdale Dental Center immediately of any changes in health. A cough, cold, ear infection, or fever can often interfere with the safety of the sedation and your child will need to be rescheduled.
Notify Silverdale Dental Center of any changes in medications or any recent allergies.
Dress your child in loose-fitting, comfortable clothes.
Ensure your child has had nothing to eat or drink in the last six hours. If your child takes a daily medication, discuss with your doctor their recommendations on how to safely take it while ensuring a safe sedation.
A legal guardian must remain in the office the entire length of the sedation and the child must be with an adult for the remainder of the day to ensure the medication has worn off prior to any activity.
General anesthesia is the deepest level of sedation and is used for most medical surgeries. It can be done in a hospital, surgery center, or an in-office setting. An anesthesiologist will be administering all medications and monitoring the child throughout the procedure while the dentist is able to safely provide all necessary dental treatment at one appointment.
As of May 19th we are open for full-service, non-urgent dental treatment.
Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
You will be notified via text, email or a phone call in regard to your upcoming visit and our new check-in procedures.
Our office will communicate with you to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. We will also take your forehead temperature when you arrive at our office.
We ask that you please wear a mask covering your nose and mouth when you arrive.
We want to minimize the number of patients in our waiting room and operatories, so unless necessary, please have accompanying people wait in the car during your appointment.
We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at (360)692-9560.
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.
Dr. Jason Niemeyer, Dr. Jeffrey Phillips and the rest of the SDC team