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.
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.