At Children’s Dentistry we believe that sedation can play an important role in helping your child have a successful dental experience. Our sedation techniques include nitrous oxide ( laughing gas), oral sedation, and general anesthesia if necessary.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a gas that reduces anxiety while still keeping the patient awake. The benefits include a quick onset, and quick offset allowing your child to leave the dentist office just as he or she came in. It is best for anxious children who have a quick appointment.
Oral sedation is a syrup that can be given orally. The medication we use is a benzodiazepine called Midazolam. It is very similar to valium. This safe medication is routinely given for medical procedures and when given orally usually lasts for about 1 hour. The benefit of this medication is amnesia during the dental procedure. Most likely, your child will not remember the dental visit when given Midazolam. This technique is best for children with strong anxiety that require a moderate amount of dental treatment.
General Anesthesia is the form of sedation that renders children unconscious for their treatment. This technique is performed with intravenous medication to keep your child asleep during the procedure. When general anesthesia is performed it is administered by an anesthesiologist. This form of sedation is very safe, and is best for uncooperative children, special needs children, or children with extensive dental decay.