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Nitrous oxide tends to be safe in children, and just about any dentist can administer it.A smaller percentage of pediatric dentists are trained to give children oral sedation.It's sometimes referred to as "sleep dentistry," although that's not entirely accurate.

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According to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, oral sedation is taken by mouth or through the nose as soon as the patient arrives at the appointment, as the medicine usually takes up to 20 minutes to work.

Oral sedation doesn't put patients to sleep, but it helps them stay calm and relaxed.

Safety is parents' top consideration when it comes to their child receiving dental sedation.

Dentists may recommend sedation for long, complex procedures and for patients who are especially young or nervous.

It can help minimize your child’s fears and anxiety during a test or procedure.