Sedation Dentistry

Your child’s dental experience can be smooth sailing at Treasured Smiles Children’s Dentistry. Sedation is endorsed by the American Dental Association, and the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry as an effective way to make many patients comfortable during their dental visit. Children who are anxious and nervous about their dental treatment no longer need to fear receiving dental care. Sedation dentistry involves using a sedative medication to help your child feel more relaxed and calm during their dental visit. There are several types of sedation dentistry available based on your child’s individual needs and preferences.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, is often used as a conscious sedative during a dental visit. The gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that helps the patient relax during their dental treatment. Because it is a mild sedative, patients are conscious and can talk to their pediatric dentist during their visit. Nitrous oxide will wear off within minutes after we stop the flow of gas.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Most dental procedures in children are completed using local anesthetic; however, children who are very young of age or who have a high amount of anxiety may require some level of sedation. Oral conscious sedation, which involves taking an oral medication before treatment, is often an effective way of treating your child while still awake. There are many safe and effective drugs available today that can help your child feel calm and at ease. Our goal is to provide high quality care and a positive dental experience for your child.

IV Sedation

We strive to provide your child with the safest and most comfortable environment available in order to have dental treatment completed. On rare occasions, IV or deep sedation may be the necessary mode of treatment for your child. Children with an extreme amount of anxiety may benefit from a deep sedation in order to complete their dental treatment comfortably. IV Sedation involves administering the medication intravenously (through the veins). When deep sedation is needed, we have a pediatric dental anesthesiologist who administers the drugs and monitors your child throughout the procedure and into recovery.