Pediatric Dental Options for the Anxious Child
There are multiple ways to help your child relax during dental treatment. Read below to learn what option is best for your family.
Nitrous oxide is perhaps the safest sedative in dentistry. It is well-tolerated, has a rapid onset, is reversible, can be adjusted to various concentrations, and is non-allergenic. Your child remains fully conscious.
In addition, nitrous oxide reduces the gag reflex, which can interfere with effective dental treatment. You should inform our office regarding any respiratory condition that makes breathing through the nose difficult for your daughter or son.
Our pediatric dentists are specially trained and certified to treat with Oral Conscious Sedation. This is sometimes recommended for children who are young and unable to cooperate, extremely fearful, or have special needs. Your child will be scheduled early in the morning, without food or drink after midnight. We have additional staff scheduled to assist the doctor in giving your child a safe and comfortable visit.
In some cases, General Anesthesia is the best option. This enables the dentist to complete all the dental work in one visit. We work with a board-certified pediatric medical anesthesiologist, who comes into our office to administer the general anesthesia.
We work with highly trained professionals who also work in the hospital setting. You can be assured your child is in the best hands.
Our doctors have done hundreds and hundreds of cases. Our team will guide you through each step to make the process smooth, with your child's care our top priority.
If your child needs to be referred to the hospital operating room for comprehensive dental work, we will help coordinate a referral.