Fundamental Principles to Implement Nitrous Oxide and Minimal Oral Sedation in Clinical Practice

Fundamental Principles to Implement Nitrous Oxide and Minimal Oral Sedation in Clinical Practice

Most children who present with early childhood caries (ECC) can be managed by traditional methods. However, a small subset of children who are either too young, pre-cooperative, those with extensive restorative needs, or special needs children or any age, may need the aid of advanced forms of behavioral management techniques including nitrous oxide anxiolysis, moderate oral sedation, or general anesthesia.

This course will include:

• case evaluations to decide which modality is the best indicated for individual patients following a recently published decision tree and carefully considering the patient’s health history, physical limitations, behavioral needs, oral health status and restorative needs.

• addressing the strengths, limitations and risks of each of these modalities, with details of their indications and protocols for adequate risk management. 

• Basics of medications used, and rationale and details of monitoring techniques.

• Clinical management and restorative techniques for caries management that will aid in achieving successful outcomes.