My 5.5 y.o. DS has a handful of caries between his molars. One in particular has developed an abscess, is basically hollow, and should be removed. I stalled as long as I could, trying different treatments such as ozone & MI paste to cure the cavity, but it is too far gone. There is one other cavity directly above the previously mentioned molar that is pretty deep as well. I'd like to proceed with treatment, but I have no idea which type of anesthesia to ask for.
I know there are a few different kinds out there, but I'm not sure of the risks, particularly for a 5 year old. I mentioned general anesthesia as well as Nitrous to my DH and he panicked, having probably read about all types of cases that resulted in death. DS is a calm 5 y.o., very cooperative in the dentist's chair, however having an extraction and drilling (possible pulpotomy) seems very traumatic, so I just don't know what to do.
What are the types of dental anesthesia used for young children and what are their risks? Do you recommend any one type in particular? Thanks in advance for your help!