Our first priority with every dental procedure is comfort and safety. Dr. Becky, Dr. Erin, and Dr. Tessa consult with every parent in choosing the most appropriate option for sedation and our staff is specially trained in techniques to reduce fears and anxiety in children.
Sedation Dentistry Options
- Nitrous Oxide: For milder forms of anxiety
- Oral Sedation: Reducing stress and discomfort
- General Anesthesia: Extensive treatment or high anxiety
If your child requires restorative procedures (fillings, extractions, crowns, etc) Dr. Becky, Dr. Erin, and Dr. Tessa recommend the use of nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective adjunct to dental treatment, and is the most commonly used mild sedative in pediatric dentistry.
Both elements of nitrous oxide (nitrogen and oxygen) are present in atmospheric air we breathe; the nitrous oxide in our office is delivered in a concentrated dose for a dental setting. This helps to alleviate stress, improve cooperation and aid with mild anxiety by opening up and relaxing a child’s airway. When children are able to relax, their treatment can be performed quickly and effectively, reducing their time in the chair, and your time in the office.
Read more: Nitrous Oxide
Mild oral sedation is offered for our patients who may benefit from it. The appointment is completed in our office by our trained and experienced staff. Sedation may be recommended on children who experience dental anxiety, are young and may need help sitting still, or to help reduce stress when indicated. Children remain awake for their treatment, and are able to watch a movie while their dental needs are attended to.
General anesthesia is offered with our qualified staff in-suite or at Sacred Heart Medical Center. Children who have extensive treatment needs, or who are very anxious about dental treatment benefit from treatment while asleep. We have an anesthesia team who provides care while your child is asleep. Dr. Erin, Dr. Tessa and Dr. Becky provide all necessary treatment in one visit, eliminating a child's need to come to our office for multiple appointments.
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