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Sedation Dentistry

Imagine your child needing a complex dental procedure like a root canal, extraction, or oral surgery. The good news is that after the treatment, your child won’t remember the time it took, the discomfort, or any noise. We’re delighted to offer a safe, effective, and comfortable option known as sedation dentistry for pediatric patients. Sedation dentistry is particularly helpful for children who:

  1. Feel anxious or fearful about visiting the dentist.
  2. Struggle to sit still for extended periods.
  3. Have difficulty getting and staying numb with traditional anesthesia.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry enables your pediatric dentist to perform various dental treatments with ease and comfort for children who experience dental anxiety. It offers several advantages, including:

  • No recollection of the procedure.
  • A sense of timelessness during sedation.
  • No awareness of smells or sounds.
  • Elimination of fear and anxiety during treatment.

Levels of Sedation

Sedation dentistry is carefully regulated and involves three sedative states your child’s dentist can administer:

  1. Mild Sedation: Anxiolysis is the lightest form, suitable for children with mild anxiety or more extended procedures. It’s usually given orally, keeping your child awake or very drowsy but deeply relaxed. Recovery is swift.

  2. Moderate Sedation: This is used for patients with moderate dental anxiety or more complex treatments, often via light IV sedation. Your child remains awake but deeply relaxed throughout the procedure.

  3. Deep Sedation: Patients receiving deep sedation may move between consciousness and unconsciousness during the procedure. They often have no memory of the treatment and cannot respond to commands, even if they briefly awaken.

Methods of Sedative Administration

Sedatives can be administered in two ways:

  1. Inhalation: Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is commonly used for mild to moderate anxiety. Recovery is rapid, allowing your child to return to their normal activities right away.

  2. Oral: Another common technique is oral sedation, which doesn’t require needles. Your child will receive a prescription pill about an hour before the appointment, ensuring they are fully relaxed when they arrive at our office.

Please get in touch with our practice to schedule a consultation, learn more about sedation dentistry, and determine which method may be the right choice for your child.

Young child surrounded by butterflies
Young child surrounded by butterflies

Sedation Dentistry

Imagine your child needing a complex dental procedure like a root canal, extraction, or oral surgery. The good news is that after the treatment, your child won’t remember the time it took, the discomfort, or any noise. We’re delighted to offer a safe, effective, and comfortable option known as sedation dentistry for pediatric patients. Sedation dentistry is particularly helpful for children who:

  1. Feel anxious or fearful about visiting the dentist.
  2. Struggle to sit still for extended periods.
  3. Have difficulty getting and staying numb with traditional anesthesia.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry enables your pediatric dentist to perform various dental treatments with ease and comfort for children who experience dental anxiety. It offers several advantages, including:

  • No recollection of the procedure.
  • A sense of timelessness during sedation.
  • No awareness of smells or sounds.
  • Elimination of fear and anxiety during treatment.

Levels of Sedation

Sedation dentistry is carefully regulated and involves three sedative states your child’s dentist can administer:

  1. Mild Sedation: Anxiolysis is the lightest form, suitable for children with mild anxiety or more extended procedures. It’s usually given orally, keeping your child awake or very drowsy but deeply relaxed. Recovery is swift.

  2. Moderate Sedation: This is used for patients with moderate dental anxiety or more complex treatments, often via light IV sedation. Your child remains awake but deeply relaxed throughout the procedure.

  3. Deep Sedation: Patients receiving deep sedation may move between consciousness and unconsciousness during the procedure. They often have no memory of the treatment and cannot respond to commands, even if they briefly awaken.

Methods of Sedative Administration

Sedatives can be administered in two ways:

  1. Inhalation: Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is commonly used for mild to moderate anxiety. Recovery is rapid, allowing your child to return to their normal activities right away.

  2. Oral: Another common technique is oral sedation, which doesn’t require needles. Your child will receive a prescription pill about an hour before the appointment, ensuring they are fully relaxed when they arrive at our office.

Please get in touch with our practice to schedule a consultation, learn more about sedation dentistry, and determine which method may be the right choice for your child.

Young child surrounded by butterflies

Sedation Dentistry

Imagine your child needing a complex dental procedure like a root canal, extraction, or oral surgery. The good news is that after the treatment, your child won’t remember the time it took, the discomfort, or any noise. We’re delighted to offer a safe, effective, and comfortable option known as sedation dentistry for pediatric patients. Sedation dentistry is particularly helpful for children who:

  1. Feel anxious or fearful about visiting the dentist.
  2. Struggle to sit still for extended periods.
  3. Have difficulty getting and staying numb with traditional anesthesia.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry enables your pediatric dentist to perform various dental treatments with ease and comfort for children who experience dental anxiety. It offers several advantages, including:

  • No recollection of the procedure.
  • A sense of timelessness during sedation.
  • No awareness of smells or sounds.
  • Elimination of fear and anxiety during treatment.

Levels of Sedation

Sedation dentistry is carefully regulated and involves three sedative states your child’s dentist can administer:

  1. Mild Sedation: Anxiolysis is the lightest form, suitable for children with mild anxiety or more extended procedures. It’s usually given orally, keeping your child awake or very drowsy but deeply relaxed. Recovery is swift.

  2. Moderate Sedation: This is used for patients with moderate dental anxiety or more complex treatments, often via light IV sedation. Your child remains awake but deeply relaxed throughout the procedure.

  3. Deep Sedation: Patients receiving deep sedation may move between consciousness and unconsciousness during the procedure. They often have no memory of the treatment and cannot respond to commands, even if they briefly awaken.

Methods of Sedative Administration

Sedatives can be administered in two ways:

  1. Inhalation: Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is commonly used for mild to moderate anxiety. Recovery is rapid, allowing your child to return to their normal activities right away.

  2. Oral: Another common technique is oral sedation, which doesn’t require needles. Your child will receive a prescription pill about an hour before the appointment, ensuring they are fully relaxed when they arrive at our office.

Please get in touch with our practice to schedule a consultation, learn more about sedation dentistry, and determine which method may be the right choice for your child.