We understand that many children are apprehensive at the dental office. We strive to provide excellent dental care in the most comfortable setting for your child. We will discuss your concerns, your child’s needs, and what methods may provide the utmost care for your child. We are here to answer all your questions and address your concerns. Together, we will determine how to best care for your child.
Nitrous Oxide / Oxygen Sedation “Laughing Gas”
An easy and simple way of helping your child feel comfortable and calm during the dental appointment. Nitrous Oxide is a safe gas that is administered from a mask fitted over your child’s nose. Your child remains awake and responsive throughout the entire procedure. Nitrous Oxide is more successful for children that are only mildly anxious.
A way of using oral medications to help your child relax without putting him/her to sleep. Conscious sedation is performed using oral medication(s) sometimes in conjunction with nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”). Type of oral sedative and dosage are tailored to your child’s needs and weight.
IV SedationPerformed in-office by an anesthesiologist who is fully trained in outpatient anesthesia. Advances in anesthesia techniques have made it possible to provide safe, reliable, and economical anesthesia services for children in the dental office. The following patients typically require advanced anesthesia services for dental care:
- Children below the age of 5 are often unable to cooperate with needed dental care, especially if the treatment is extensive and time consuming.
- Children with previous bad experiences in the dental office or who have become frightened by scary stories told by siblings or other individuals often similarly have difficulty receiving necessary care.
- Children with special medical or behavioral needs who present challenges to the delivery of dental care.