Sedation for Children
We understand that going to the dentist can cause some young patients to feel anxious. But while some children only experience a very small amount of anxiety, others have more serious needs that can only be addressed with sedation dentistry. If your little one is affected by anxiety, our team at Adventure Dental is happy to be of service. With our sedation options, young patients exactly like your son or daughter can have a new kind of dental experience-one that’s completely free of anxious feelings.
Our sedation options include:
You might be more familiar with nitrous oxide’s other name, laughing gas. It’s breathed in through a special mask and goes to work quickly, creating a sense of peace and relaxation. What’s more, the effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly. Within minutes of reversing the gas and switching back to regular oxygen, your son or daughter will start feeling more like him- or herself. Patients can return to their normal activities immediately after their appointment is over.
Oral sedation is an option for young patients who struggle with slightly more advanced anxiety. Instead of just using a gas that’s breathed in through a special mask, it uses a safe and commonly prescribed medication to create feelings of relaxation. The effects of sedation dentistry take a little longer to wear off. The full effects should wear off within a few hours, but we recommend avoiding normal activities until later in the day.
Patients with special needs, dental phobia, major dental treatment, or physical handicaps may require general anesthesia when oral conscious sedation isn’t effective enough. General anesthesia describes a type of sedation in which your child will be fully asleep for the entire procedure. This option will utilize an anesthesiologist to sedate and monitor your child while our doctors complete their dental work. We enlist the services of Primary Children Medical Center pediatric anesthesiologists in this effort, therefore your child is receiving the best anesthesia care available. General anesthesia is possible either in the office setting or at a local hospital.