At Pediatric Dental World, Dr. Clapp, Dr. Bell, Dr. Lee, and Dr. Smith are here to help your child get the dental care they need for a healthy mouth, even if they have dental anxiety or are nervous about an upcoming procedure. Learn more about our sedation options below, or contact us now for a consultation!
We know that visiting the dentist can be scary for kids of all ages, from young kids to pre-teens and even teenagers. Getting a treatment like a filling, crown, or tooth extraction can be a frightening prospect.
But with sedation dentistry from our office, your child can relax in the dentist’s chair and get the care they need without feeling uncomfortable, nervous, or anxious. And with multiple levels of sedation available, you can choose the one that’s right for you and your child.
Wondering if your child needs to be sedated at our office? We offer sedation for all of our procedures, and our goal is always to keep your child feeling safe and comfortable. Here are a few reasons you may want to consider sedation for your child.
Getting a treatment like a filling or a crown can be very intimidating for kids, and make them feel scared and anxious. Sedation is an easy way to help eliminate these feelings, and make their experience at our office more positive.
Even if your child is not nervous about going to the dentist, they may be scared of numbing needles, or have an overly-strong gag reflex. Common sedation methods like nitrous oxide sedation can help with this, and are also very helpful if your child has a very low pain tolerance and you want to ensure that they feel comfortable during their treatment.
While we offer a variety of in-house sedation options, hospital dentistry with general anesthesia is also available for some procedures. In hospital dentistry with general anesthesia, your child will be completely unconscious, ensuring they do not feel any discomfort and can sleep through their entire procedure.
Yes. The dentists at Pediatric Dental World are experienced in modern sedation techniques. We use well-regarded drugs that are commonly used by dentists worldwide, and have a minimal risk of side effects.
In addition to this, we will meet with you and your child to discuss their own unique health challenges, medications they’re taking, and other such health details. Your dentist will also ask about your preferences for sedation, and which method you think may be right for your child. Together, you will collaborate to choose the best option for your child’s needs.
During the sedation process, your child will be observed by our experienced dental team. Depending on the level of sedation chosen, their vital signs may be monitored to ensure their safety throughout the entire procedure.
You can trust the dentists at Pediatric Dental World to take great care of you and your child. If you have any concerns before their appointment, please get in touch with us to discuss them. We will provide you with the answers you need.
This depends on the method of sedation that your child undergoes. For nitrous oxide (laughing gas), you will not need to do anything special. However, we do recommend that your child avoids eating a heavy meal for about 2 hours before their appointment. This minimizes the risk of nausea and vomiting after their treatment.
For oral conscious sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia (hospital dentistry), you will need to take some special steps to prepare your child. Their dentist will give you more information about this process.
Typically, this involves fasting (avoiding eating or drinking) for at least 6 hours before the procedure. Your child can usually drink water until 2 hours before their procedure, but this may vary. Make sure to follow all of your doctor’s instructions. If you don’t, your child’s procedure may not proceed.
Generally speaking, you should also plan to take a day or two off of work to help your child rest and recover, unless they are getting nitrous oxide sedation. All other types of sedation take a long time to wear off, and can have some significant side effects.
Nitrous oxide sedation usually lasts about 5 minutes after your child’s procedure ends. Before their dentist removes the nose mask, they will send oxygen through the mask to flush out any of the nitrous oxide gas that remains in your child’s lungs and bloodstream. This minimizes side effects. Your child can get back to their routine right away.
Oral conscious sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia all have much longer effects. The after-effects usually peak within a few hours, then fade within 4-6 hours. You’ll need to supervise your child and take care of them. They may feel confused or groggy. Nausea is a common side effect, and other symptoms can include headaches and dizziness.
Some after-effects could linger for up to 24 hours, but your child should be mostly recovered by the end of the day. For more information about what to expect as your child recovers, consult with your child’s dentist at Pediatric Dental World.
At Pediatric Dental World, your child’s comfort is our priority. That’s why we provide a triad of safe and effective sedation options to ensure your little one’s appointment is as relaxing and worry-free. Take a look at our options below to learn what may work best for your child during their appointment.
Nitrous oxide sedation uses a nose mask that delivers a mixture of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oxygen, which will make your child feel less aware of what’s happening around them. It also helps with pain and discomfort, as well as feelings of anxiety.
With oral conscious sedation, your child will take a liquid or pill-based sedative about an hour before their appointment. This sedative will make them feel groggy, and they may fall asleep or forget most of what happened at their appointment. However, they will not be unconscious and will be able to respond to commands.
IV sedation uses the same sedative drugs as oral conscious sedation, but they are delivered directly into a vein, resulting in a deeper level of sedation. However, just like oral conscious sedation, your child will remain conscious and responsive to commands, and can be woken up if they fall asleep.