The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association both agree that sedation is an integral part of dentistry. Not all children require sedation for dental procedures, but for those with high stress, anxiety, or special needs, it can be an effective strategy to ensure comfort. Some procedures require sedation more often than others, including fillings, crowns, root canals and extractions.
Nitrous Oxide, more commonly known as “laughing gas,” is one of the safe resources used to lower stress and discomfort during a variety of dental procedures. The gas (a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen), is inhaled through a mask. The painless process is made even more relaxing with the addition of sweet aromas via the flavored mask. The effect of the nitrous oxide is swift, yet wears off quickly as well. Throughout the procedure, patients retain consciousness, as well as the ability to communicate with their dentist.
Oral sedation allows us to safely perform dental procedures with minimal discomfort for you child. Depending on her or his individual dental case, we choose from a variety of safe and effective medications. The conscious sedation techniques we choose are always administered by our extensively trained, CPR certified pediatric dentists. As always, we will provide you with the necessary details on your child’s procedure prior to and after treatment, for your peace of mind.
No matter the level of fear or anxiety, IV Sedation, more commonly known as “sleep dentistry” is another safe resource offered to enhance your child’s experience. IV Sedation is safe and can be very beneficial. During this type of dental sedation, patient gagging is reduced, joint and muscle soreness is reduced, and more treatment can be provided in a shorter time which will decrease the number of visits down to just one. An extra benefit of sleep dentistry is the amnesia effect in which patients remember little or nothing regarding their visit. IV sedation is safely done by two board certified anesthesiologists to ensure that your child receives the best care possible under the safest conditions possible.