Children who are very young or who have a high level of dental anxiety may require some level of sedation. Sedation can also be helpful for children with special needs. There are many safe and effective drugs available today that can help relax your child and promote a good environment for optimal and safe dental treatment.
At Wellspring Pediatric Dentistry, three different types of sedation are offered for children of all ages.
Nitrous Oxide (“Laughing Gas”)
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a minimal state of sedation that allows children to be more relaxed during their appointment and can often help suppress strong gag reflexes. Nitrous oxide may be recommended by Dr. Mehta depending on your child’s behavior and anxiety level. Nitrous oxide and oxygen are delivered to your child via a mask, which is worn over the nose. Patients remain awake and aware, but may feel light-headed, while relaxed on nitrous oxide. The gas quickly exits your child’s body once switched off and minimal lasting effects are noted.
Oral Sedation is a moderate state of sedation that is often used during dental treatment for children. This involves the use of a liquid medicine your child will drink to help relax. Oral sedation helps children better tolerate dental treatment and helps manage children with dental anxiety . During this type of sedation, your child remains awake and can easily communicate with you and our office staff. We carefully monitor your child’s vital signs throughout the procedure as safety is our utmost priority.
IV Sedation/General Anesthesia
General anesthesia or IV sedation is a deep level of sedation that is used for patients that cannot tolerate dental treatment while awake. During this type of sedation, your child is put to sleep and will not remember having the dental treatment completed. IV Sedation/General Anesthesia can also be used for patients with special healthcare needs to ensure the appropriate treatment is completed safely and effectively. At Wellspring Pediatric Dentistry, a certified Anesthesiologist will perform the sedation while Dr. Mehta performs the dental treatment.