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Raj Vij, administrative director of pediatric dentistry at Akron Children’s Hospital.
If it’s in an office, is it equipped to handle an emergency?
Nitrous oxide/oxygen is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose, allowing them to relax without putting them to sleep.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique for treating children’s dental needs.
Zyrtec comes in a 1mg/ml solution (so 2.5 mg = 2.5 ml).
There is also a 10mg/ml oral drops preparation (so 5 mg is 1/2 ml). Caution should be used in children less than 2 years of age and Cetirizine should not be used in children less than 6 years who have liver or kidney problems.
In contrast to general anesthesia (which renders the child unconscious), dental sedation is only intended to reduce the child’s anxiety and discomfort during dental visits.