Even the most calm children can experience anxiety when visiting the dentist for the first time. While it's important to educate them on what will happen when they visit the dentist, words and explanations don't always do the trick when they're actually sitting in the dentist's chair.
Sedation dentistry is very effective when dealing with a child that experiences the following issues:
We understand your child's first dental visit can be as nerve-wracking for you as it can be for your child, which is why we provide several sedation dentistry options to meet your child's specific needs.
Depending upon your child's circumstances, we may recommend:
This method of sedation dentistry allows your child to drift in and out of sleep during the dental procedure. This form of IV Sedation is most often referred to as "twilight sleep", and is administered through a thin needle which is inserted into a vein in the arm or hand. This method allows your child to experience as little pain as possible while using a minimal amount of medication. While some other forms of sedation dentistry may leave your child feeling drowsy, In-Office IV Sedation has an antidote that can be administered to quickly reverse the effects of the IV drip. Prior to your visit to our office, we provide you with an information packet and obtain your child's full medical history, making certain we are well prepared for the procedure.
Commonly referred to as "laughing gas", nitrous oxide is a gas that your child will breath through their nose during the dental treatment. Your child will remain fully conscious while inhaling the gas, with the effects of the nitrous oxide subsiding once the mask is removed.
Deep sedation involves using general anesthesia to put your child completely to sleep. While under anesthesia, your child will be unable to move around or feel pain of any kind. This same type of anesthesia is used for a child when they have their tonsils removed or if they have ear tubes placed. However, your child will go home the same day after receiving deep sedation.
Prior to any sedation treatment of your child, we will provide detailed information regarding the type of sedation your child will receive. This helps you know what to expect before, during, and after their dental procedure. We encourage you to speak with your child about their upcoming dental treatment and get a good feel for the level of fear they are experiencing. Our staff is always willing and available to offer guidance for you and your child. Contact us at (440) 249-6156 or request an appointment today!