Children’s Sedation



It is common for children to feel scared or nervous when visiting the dentist and receiving any treatment. Here at Smile Hub Dental Clinic, we aim to provide the most comfortable and stress-free treatment to our young patients. If your child is nervous about their treatment, it may be suggested that they have treatment under inhalation sedation. This will make the procedure safer and more relaxed. Providing a good first experience at the dentist could help prevent dental phobias in the future. Inhalation sedation at Smile Hub Dental Clinic is provided by expert dentists trained in children’s sedation so parents can be happy knowing their child is in the safest hands.

The procedure of Inhalation Sedation is swift and simple. A mask is placed over the child’s nose where they will feel the laughing gas work quickly but once the mask is removed this will wear off in a few moments. The child will be awake and aware but will not feel pain. Due to the sedation having a quick wear off time the child is able to go to school as normal and does not need to be supervised once they have left the clinic.

If you have any queries regarding Children’s Sedation at Smile Hub Dental Clinic, please do not hesitate to book an appointment online or contact us at 01 5253 888.


Frequently Asked Questions

At what age is children’s sedation offered?

Here at Smile Hub Dental Clinic, children’s sedation can usually be done from the age of 4 or 5. It is the best way to keep them calm during treatment if they are nervous. They are awake and are able to interact with the dentist and their parent if they need to for any reason This procedure might be best if the child has a fear of needles as well.

What happens during the Children’s Inhalation Sedation?

Here at Smile Hub Dental Clinic, we will first ensure that the child is comfortable to start with the procedure. A small mask will be placed over their nose where they will breathe in nitrous oxide also know as laughing gas. This gas will help the child to feel relaxed while their treatment is completed. The child’s sedation levels will be monitored by staff during the whole procedure.

How quickly does it work?

Inhalation Sedation become effective quite quickly. It usually takes about 3 to 5 minutes of the masks being on for the child to feel the effects. They will feel relaxed and remain awake for the procedure. Once the treatment has been completed, the sedation will wear off the after a few minutes. It is very safe and there is no after care or supervision needed once the sedation has worn off. It s the best and safest option for nervous children who otherwise may not be able to complete treatment successfully.

What does inhalation sedation (happy gas) feel like?

Inhalation sedation is light sedation which does not have an after affect. Once a patient inhales the gas through the mask for a few minutes they will start to feel their body relaxing and have a sense of euphoria. In many cases patient may even start to giggle. Once the mask is removed the patient will feel normal again after a few minutes.

How long does inhalation sedation last.

Once a patient starts to inhale the gas from the mask, they will feel the effects of the sedation until the mask is removed. Once the mask is removed and the patient breathes in normal air for a few minutes they were feel completely normal and can go about their days as they usually would. The effects of inhalation sedation have a very quick wear of time of usually about 5 minutes.

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