For all dental treatment appointments including sealants, restorations and/or extractions, the child will come back alone with the help of one of our trained dental assistants. We have found that both the child and the parent are much more comfortable and it allows for treatment to take place safely and efficiently. If you have any questions please feel free to ask the dentist or one of our staff members.
Nitrous Oxide/Laughing Gas
Some children are given nitrous oxide (laughing gas) during the placement of sealants or dental treatment to relax them for their procedure. Nitrous oxide is given through a small breathing 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. Nitrous oxide is not effective in children who are too young or too anxious to sit in the chair and have the nosepiece placed on their nose.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedation is a drink administered by our doctors in office and is used for patients who due to age and/or high anxiety (dental phobia) cannot cope with traditional dental treatment. Their fear and anxiety causes them a tremendous amount of stress. Oral conscious sedation is a way of using medication to relax a child without the loss of consciousness. Conscious sedation aids in calming a child so that he or she can accept dental treatment in a more relaxed state. This can help prevent injury to the patient and provide a better environment for providing dental care. Pediatric dentists are trained to administer, monitor and manage sedated patients.
Intravenous sedation allows patients to sleep throughout their appointment, eliminating physical movement, emotional anxiety and pain. The sedation in performed by a dental anesthesiologist that specialized in the treatment of pediatric patients and allows your pediatric dentist to complete all necessary treatment in one comfortable appointment. IV sedation is completed in the comfort of the dental office and is used for patients that have extensive dental needs, patients with mental or physical special needs, the very young, children with moderate to severe dental phobia, or when oral conscious sedation has been ineffective.