Caring for Nervous Children at the Dentist


At Smile Hub Dental Clinic in Bayside Medical Centre, Sutton we provide inhalation sedation for nervous children requiring dental treatment. We know that children differ physically and emotionally from adults and therefore at Smile Hub Dental Clinic we tailor our dental treatment to your child’s age, personality and temperament. Inhalation sedation is a comfortable and safe technique that ensures that your child is happy and co-operative throughout their dental treatment. It allows the dentist to provide the highest quality of dental treatment for your child in a stress-free and pain-free environment. Your best dentist for inhalation sedation for children in Dublin.


Inhalation Sedation for Dental Treatment in North Dublin

At Smile Hub Dental Clinic in Bayside Medical Centre, Bayside Shopping Centre, Dublin 13 we know that ‘happy air’ or inhalation sedation is the safest method of managing nervous children at the dentist. Nitrous oxide gas is a sweet-smelling gas which is mixed with oxygen. Your child will wear a mask on their nose and the inhalation of this gas will relax them to allow dental treatment to be performed. The effects of inhalation sedation only last as long as the child is breathing it in. Your child will be able to communicate throughout their dental treatment as children remain awake during the dental procedure. Inhalation sedation will make you child’s dental treatment a relaxing experience and it also reduces any pain that the procedure may cause. This ensures that your child has a pleasant experience during their dental appointment at Smile Hub Dental Clinic.


Some children are unsuitable for inhalation sedation and these include:

  • Mouth breathers
  • Very young children who may not wear the nasal mask
  • Children who have difficulty communicating
  • Children with large tonsils/adenoids
  • Children who require a lot of dental visits and would be better getting a general anaesthetic for their dental treatment so it could be completed at one in-hospital visit
  • Children who refuse treatment

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.

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