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 that your child has a comfortable, positive experience, and that’s why we are pleased to offer sedation dentistry for those patients needing a little extra comfort before receiving treatment. Feeling anxious about receiving dental care should never prevent having a beautiful, healthy smile.
Customized sedation dentistry that is safe and effective
There are different types of sedation dentistry, and working together, you and your doctor will decide on a personalized treatment plan that will give your child the care he or she needs while ensuring comfort every step of the way.
- In some cases, your child will be given a small pill or a small amount of liquid to drink to help him or her relax about an hour before treatment begins. When you arrive at our practice, our staff will be waiting for you and will escort you and your child to a private treatment room.
- In other cases, the doctor will gently administer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and will carefully monitor the effects with a pulse oximeter.
- For very young and fearful patients we offer the option of treatment under general anesthesia which allows all treatment (which could take up to 5-6 regular office visits) to be completed in one appointment with the patient having no memory of the treatment.
Common questions about sedation dentistry
We understand that before receiving treatment, you may have many questions about sedation dentistry. Here are some of the most common questions and answers about sedation dentistry.
- Will my child feel anything during treatment?
In most cases, patients do not feel anything. There is very little discomfort, and many patients wake up feeling relaxed and comfortable with almost no memory of the treatment.
- Is sedation dentistry the same as being unconscious?
No. Your child will still be conscious and responsive; however, he or she will be a deep state of relaxation.
- Is sedation dentistry safe?
Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way for many patients to receive dental treatment. Before starting treatment, the doctor will talk with you and help you decide if conscious sedation is right for your child’s treatment.
- How long will it take the sedation to wear off?
The time it takes for the sedatives to wear off depends on the dose received, how long the treatment is, and how quickly your child’s body can recover.
- Is my child a good candidate for sedation dentistry?Any patients who experience dental anxiety are good candidates for sedation dentistry. If your child has any of the following fears or concerns, ask your doctor about sedation dentistry as an option for their next dental treatment:
- Extreme dental anxiety or fear of visiting the dentist
- Fear of needles and/or shots
- Have had a traumatic dental experience in the past
- Can’t handle the smells or noises of being at a dentist’s office
- Have overly sensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex, or trouble getting numb
- Require a more complex dental treatment
- Feel self-conscious about teeth
- Wish to have a more comfortable dental treatment
If you feel that your child could benefit from sedation dentistry, please contact us and let us know how we can better accommodate your family’s needs.