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.
Our office is proud to offer 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.
How sedation dentistry works
We offer two options for sedation. The first of which is called Oral Conscious Sedation. This is a relatively common and conservative way to treat childrent who need a little more help than just nitrous oxide. 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. About an hour before treatment begins, your child will be given medication to help him or her relax.
For patients who have extensive treatment or extremely anxious we also offer IV sedation. For many this service is preferred to ensure that all treatment is completed and is the most convenient and effective manner. An anesthesiologist will gently place an IV and administer medication to help your child into a deeper state of relaxation. Once treatment is complete, your child will wake up, with little or no memory of the appointment and a beautiful new smile. Using sedation dentistry, we are able to complete many different procedures, including complex smile makeovers, in just one office visit.
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 once the anestetic has been given.
- Is IV 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 IV sedation dentistry safe?
IV sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way for many patients to receive dental treatment. Before starting treatment with IV sedation, the dentist and anesthesiologist will talk with you and help you decide if IV 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 quick your child’s body can recover.
- Is my child a good candidate for Oral Conscious or IV 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 his or her next dental treatment:
- Extreme dental anxiety or fear of visiting the dentist
- Fear of needles and/or shots
- Past traumatic dental experience
- Can't handle the smells or noises of being at a dentist's office
- Has overly sensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex, or trouble getting numb
- Requires a more complex dental treatment
- Wishes 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.