Tell, Show, Do
We use this technique on virtually all young patients. We explain to our patients what we're going to do. We show them what we're going to do. And then we do it.
Very young children and some special needs patients are not able to understand why they need dental treatment. Passive Immobilization is used to protect your child and the staff from harm in the event of extreme bodily movement during procedures (i.e., injection of local anesthesia, dental treatment, dental extractions, dental emergencies, etc.)
Some children are given nitrous oxide/oxygen, or what you may know as "laughing gas", to relax them for their dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child's nose, allowing them to relax, but without putting them to sleep. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique to use for treating children's dental needs. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes while dental treatment is more comfortable.