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Sedation Dentistry for Children
Visiting the dentist can be stressful for grown-ups, and we understand that anxiety may be amplified in children. While we make every effort to put your child at ease and keep them comfortable and relaxed, we offer sedation options when appropriate.
Nitrous oxide, sometimes referred to as “laughing gas,” is a common dental sedative. It has been used for many years in dentistry and is excellent for lessening anxiety. Your child will breathe the gas along with oxygen throughout their treatment. The nitrous oxide will produce a feeling of mild euphoria and allow them to relax. Nitrous oxide will not leave your child groggy, and the effects quickly wear off once the gas is stopped.
Moderate sedation, also known as oral conscious sedation, is also useful for involved procedures or anxious patients. This sedation is oral medication your child takes before their dental visit. While the medication will not put them entirely under, it will relax them significantly.
We also provide deep sedation, delivered via IV. This sedation will cause your child to fall asleep, and they will awaken with no memory of the procedure. The deep sedation is administered and monitored by an anesthesiologist at all times to ensure the safety of your child.
If you have questions about dental sedation or would like to schedule a visit, please contact Kids Smile Pediatric Dentistry at (562) 924-5437 now.