Pediatric Sedation Dentistry
Conscious oral sedation is an alternative minimal sedation that allows your child to remain awake but relaxed. Usually reserved for longer dental procedures, conscious sedation may take away some of the anxiety and assist in keeping your child still for an extended period of time. The doctor will combine the use of oral sedation along with a local anesthetic so your child have little to no discomfort.
Nitrous oxide, sometimes referred to as “laughing gas,” is an effective and safe sedation agent that is inhaled through a mask that fits over your child’s nose to help them relax. The effects of nitrous oxide wear of quickly after the small mask is removed. Talk to the doctor about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for your child.
IV Sedation and General Anesthesia
In conjunction with an an anesthesiologist, we also offer both IV sedation and general anesthesia if necessary. So that both you and your child are comfortable, the anesthesiologist will be happy to meet with you prior to this type of sedation and answer any questions you may have.