Nitrous Oxide & Anesthesia

We Comfort Little Patients with Nitrous Oxide and Hospital Dentistry

The dental office can be a bit of an intimidating place for a child, between the the unfamiliar settings, the sounds, and even just the thought of having the treatment done can trigger fear and worry. While some children only experience a very small amount of anxiety, others struggle with over-excitement or special needs that can only be addressed with sedation dentistry. Our team at Cosmic Smiles offers two treatment modalities as a way to provide a comfortable, relaxed and positive experience for our little patients who may not be able to tolerate treatment in a usual in-office dental setting.

Nitrous oxide is a mild anxiolytic that can help our young patients feel calmer throughout their appointment. Since it may produce a feeling of giddiness or euphoria, it is often called “laughing gas.” It has no odor and is colorless. It is administered through a small nasal mask, we turn on both nitrous oxide and oxygen, and all your child has to do is breathe in. Within minutes, a warm blanket of calm will come over them.

Nitrous oxide is perhaps the safest sedative in dentistry- it has no negative effects on the heart, lungs, liver or brain. It works very quickly and its effects are reversible. Once the gas is turned off, the patient returns to their normal self within a few minutes. Nitrous oxide does not put a child to sleep; it just helps them remain calm and stress-free so that our team can safely complete treatment. Contact our Fort Lauderdale practice today if you have any questions or concerns, or if you’re ready to schedule a first visit!

General anesthesia is typically reserved for children that are extremely apprehensive, or if the child requires extensive dental work. Treatment is performed in a hospital operating room while your child is completely asleep. This would be the same as if he/she was having their tonsils removed, ear tubes, or hernia repaired. It is performed at Broward Health Medical Center, where Dr. Berlin is on-staff and holds privileges. There are several important steps prior to undergoing general anesthesia, which we will help you complete. We feel fortunate that Dr. Berlin is in good standing with a top rated children’s hospital allowing us to offer this type of treatment when necessary.

For additional questions about sedation dentistry or to schedule an appointment- simply call, text, or email us.

Healthy Smiles & Happy Visits

  • The doctor is wonderful love the staff my kids love going to the office is very clean and nice.
    " Keyandra Raines "
  • Dr Berlin is great with kids. He is also professional, courteous and very knowledgeable. I would recommend him to friends and family.
    " Mike Shan "
  • This is a Very Good dentist, that does a Great dental work. Very Professional dentist. My kids Love going to this dentist to get their teeth checked out and cleaned. The dentist is Great with kids. The atmosphere is Very Exciting with the star wars theme. I promise you your kids will never get bored. What ever movie or video game your kid like ,while waiting is available to you. Great Staff of People to be around. One of a kind. I Really like this dentist for my kids until they become 21 years old of age.
    " Corey Jordan "
  • Lovely Dental office, Very clean and kid friendly. Just perfect for the kids. The doctor is very nice and knowledgeable. Front Desk Person was so kind and patient. I would recommend this office to everyone with children.
    " Following Tondra "
  • Dr Berlin awesome and very professional! They made my daughter feel comfortable from the moment she walked in. The staff is so friendly especially Sara and they have a lot of toys and cartoons to keep the kids busy .Definitely recommend this place !
    " IT Girl "
  • 5 stars customer service. I went with my 6-year old daughters and it couldn’t be better. Totally recommended.
    " Alexandre Soncini "
  • A magic experience between my girls and the doctor. Was an amazing experience, my kids don’t even stop talking about the good doctor that brush her teeth. Thank you so much.
    " Amanda (: "