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Sedation Dentistry

Sedated girl in dental chairAs a pediatric office, we here at Aurora Children’s Dentistry understand the importance of providing safe and comfortable treatment. Some children experience anxiety associated with the dentist, which is why we offer sedation with our procedures. Besides our kid-friendly environment, sedation dentistry can help your child have a more enjoyable trip to our office.

The type of sedation your child needs depends on the severity of their dental phobias. There are three levels of sedation: minimal, moderate, and deep. Regardless of the level, you can rest assured knowing we follow ADA guidelines to ensure the safety of the procedure. The following information can help you decide if sedation dentistry is right for your child.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” is perhaps the most common form of sedation in dentistry. This odorless, tasteless gas is administered through a scented mask that we place over the nose. Once it takes effect, it produces feelings of relaxation that will help your child tolerate the dental procedure.

Nitrous oxide is popular because it takes and loses effect faster than any other sedation. The gas is also very safe, as we can control the level of sedation in a matter of seconds. Like other types of sedation, nitrous oxide is often used in tandem with local anesthetic.

Oral Sedation

We may recommend oral sedation, which comes in the form of a liquid. Oral, or enteral sedation, is one of the best ways to achieve minimal to moderate levels of relaxation. During an appointment with oral sedation, your child will be awake and interactive, but not nervous about their visit. Not every child is a candidate for oral sedation, so the dentist will help decide if this type of treatment may be effective for your child.

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia, in which your child is completely unconscious, may be recommended based on your child’s young age, the extent of dental treatment needed, level of anxiety, and/or special needs. The administration of general anesthesia requires the assistance of an anesthesiologist to monitor vital signs. Our providers are able to render this type of treatment in-office or in the Operating Room. Your child’s dentist will inform you which setting is most appropriate on an individual basis.

Schedule an Appointment

If you think your child could benefit from sedation dentistry, you have come to the right place. our doctors and the rest of our team have undergone extensive training for the safe and effective administration of sedation. Call 907-336-1234 to schedule your child’s appointment today!
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