Behavior management is at the center of our approach to ensure your child's experience is pleasant. We offer a variety of sedation treatment option based on your child's individual needs.
Sedation dentistry is a method of managing pain and anxiety during pediatric dental care through the use of medication. Sedation dentistry can help your child feel more relaxed during dental procedures. It can also reduce your child's anxiety levels and allow him or her to receive the dental care he or she needs in a comfortable environment.
The type of sedation used will depend on your individual needs and preferences.
Many restorative procedures can be performed with the use of local anesthesia, commonly referred to as Novocaine even though Lidocaine, Mepivicain, and Articaine are more often used. All these drugs numb the area where the work will be performed, and wear off within a few hours.
Sometime during restorative treatment a patient is provided nitrous oxide/oxygen, othewise known as “laughing gas.” Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases: oxygen and nitrous oxide. The blend is administered through a small breathing mask placed over your child’s nose. The gas allows the patient to relax, but without putting your child to sleep. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, your child remains fully conscious and retains all natural reflexes.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes this technique as safe and effective for treating children’s dental needs. The gas is mild, non-addictive, easily taken, and with normal breathing, quickly eliminated from the body.
We also offer in-office IV sedation in cases where the work is extensive or the child does not do well with conscious sedation.
Note: please inform us of any change to your child’s health or medical condition prior to your appointment.