We recognize that some of our young patients may feel anxious or apprehensive about receiving dental care. Our doctors and staff work hard to make sure your child has a comfortable, positive experience, and that’s why we are pleased to offer sedation dentistry. There are different types of sedation dentistry, and we welcome parents to consult with one of our Doctors on a personalized treatment plan that will give your child the care he or she needs while ensuring comfort every step of the way.
How sedation dentistry works
There are 3 forms of pediatric sedation that we employ confidently at Smilez Pediatric Dental Group. All 3 forms are detailed below. When you and your child arrive at our practice, our staff will be waiting for you and will escort you and your child to a private treatment room.
For children with mild anxiety, nitrous oxide sedation is a proven and safe method. Nitrous Oxide is a colorless, slightly sweet gas that is inhaled during dental treatment to provide relaxation and anxiety relief. Your child will be conscious, able to swallow, talk and cough as needed. Your child can resume normal activities following the treatment with nitrous.
Oral Conscious Sedation
For children with moderate anxiety and patients who are very young, oral sedation is a technique to guide a child’s behavior during dental treatment. It allows the child to cope better and helps prevent injury from uncontrolled and undesirable movements. A liquid medicine is given to sedate a child based upon a child’s overall health, level of anxiety and dental treatment recommendations. Your child will be conscious but sedated and will still be able to maintain their airway.
For children with severe anxiety, special needs, or more extensive dental needs, general anesthesia in the comfort of the dental office may be beneficial. We are a proud partner with the anesthesiologists at
Horizon Anesthesia to provide general anesthesia services in our office. General anesthesia is different from oral sedation in that the child is completely asleep. Your child is safely monitored and treated by a Board Certified Anesthesiologist from Horizon Anesthesia.
If you feel that your child could benefit from sedation dentistry, please contact us with any questions.