Oral Sedation & General Anesthesia

Some children experience anxiety when it comes to dental visits. Our goal is to help minimize or even eliminate the stress that these children experience. Sedation dentistry can help your child if he or she is anxious. Your child will be in gentle hands as our doctors are committed to providing safe and effective sedation options for our pediatric patients. We use all of the appropriate equipment to monitor vital signs, and maintain the necessary emergency equipment and medicine to ensure safety. We will treat your child with the utmost compassion and empathy, and do everything we can to make their visits with us pleasant and enjoyable.

We offer several forms of sedation to make you child visit pain free:

-Laughing gas (Nitrous Oxide)
Some children are given nitrous oxide/oxygen, or what you may know as laughing gas, to relax them for their dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose, allowing them to relax, but without putting them to sleep. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique to use for treating children’s dental needs. The gas is mild, easily taken, then with normal breathing, it is quickly eliminated from the body. It is non-addictive. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes.

-Conscious Sedation – which include the addition of oral sedation.
Conscious Sedation is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs. It is used to calm your child and to reduce the anxiety or discomfort associated with dental treatments. Your child may be quite drowsy, and may even fall asleep, but they will not become unconscious.

There are a variety of different medications, which can be used for conscious sedation. The doctor will prescribe the medication best suited for your child’s overall health and dental treatment recommendations. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have concerning the specific drugs we plan to give to your child.

-In House General Anesthesia- done in our office by highly qualify anesthesiologist.
Recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs that would not work well under conscious sedation. The dentist performs the dental treatment in our office with the child anesthetized under I.V. sedation, which is administered and monitored by an anesthesiologist.

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