We do everything we can to ensure that your child’s dental visit is comfortable. From our child-focused office to our gentle and friendly staff, Surprise Pediatric Dentistry is a place that children will look forward to visiting. However, there will always be elements of dentistry (and any kind of healthcare) that lead to discomfort. That’s why we offer numerous kinds of sedation and anesthesia in our office. Numbing agents eliminate the feelings of pain from a procedure and sedation can help keep the body feeling relaxed and calm even during intensive procedures.
When you entrust your child’s dental care to our pediatric office, you can rest assured that he or she is in good hands. Sedation and anesthesia administration recommendations are different for children’s smaller bodies, and so we utilize a gentle touch and a lot of experience to get effective and safe application. We’re proactive about preventing pain and fear so that children continue to love their visits to our dental office, even if they need to undergo a procedure that could possibly make them nervous.
The classic form of sedation used for dental procedures is nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas.” This medication allows anxious patients to relax in the dental chair. It wears off very quickly after being administered. Mixed with oxygen, it’s administered through a mask placed over the patient’s nose. This form of sedation is extremely safe and fairly inexpensive, which makes it one of the most popular forms of sedation available, and easy to administer even for something as simple as a cleaning.
IV sedation is a specific form of sedation that administers medication intravenously. For patients who experience high levels of anxiety regarding dental procedures, this can be a welcome comfort. Intravenous sedation allows us to closely control the levels of medication given to the patient so we can immediately change how deeply under the patient is. IV sedation is useful for longer procedures that could cause anxiety, such as root canals or extractions.
Depending on the procedure planned, general anesthesia is available in our operating rooms. Under general anesthesia, a patient is completely under, unable to remember the procedure and unable to respond for the duration. We only use operating room anesthesia for specific operations with the permission of parents. Anesthesia allows us to take care of your child’s teeth in the most effective way without contributing to dental anxiety. It can also help the procedure go faster and easier.
Contact us to learn more about our sedation options and how we can ensure your child’s comfort.