Restorative treatment includes, but is not limited to: All composite (tooth-colored) fillings, chrome crowns, pulpotomies (nerve treatment of primary teeth), extractions, and root canal therapy (See Endodontic Treatment below).
Dr. Tawadros routinely uses Nitrous Oxide (commonly called “laughing gas”) during restorative appointments. If you are familiar with Nitrous Oxide, then you know it does not put your child to sleep, it simply helps reduce their anxiety. A local anesthetic will most likely still be used, but your child will be able to tolerate this process much better because of the Nitrous Oxide. It only takes minutes for the helpful effects of Nitrous Oxide to begin, and only a few minutes for it to clear out of your child's system. There are virtually no side effects.
Dr. Tawadros prefers only the patient and supervising adult be present for restorative appointments. Before any visit, we ask that your child have nothing to eat or drink within two hours of their appointment. We also recommend giving them a regular dose of Tylenol, Advil or Motrin, one hour prior.
Let your child know they are coming, and that Dr. Tawadros and his staff will explain everything and answer any questions. We have found that no matter how well-intentioned explanations are about “What’s going to happen..,” anxiety levels will rise. Minimal discussion is always best... let us walk your child through their visit.
For more information on the uses of Nitrous Oxide in a dental setting, see the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's website.