We recognize that some of our young patients may feel anxious or apprehensive about receiving dental care. Our doctors and staff work hard to make sure your child has a comfortable, positive experience, and that's why we are pleased to offer sedation dentistry. There are different types of sedation dentistry, and you and your doctor will decide on a personalized treatment plan that will give your child the care she needs while ensuring comfort every step of the way.
How sedation dentistry works
About an hour before treatment begins, your child will be given a small pill to help her relax. When you arrive at our practice, our staff will be waiting for you and will escort you and your child to a private treatment room.
Your doctor will gently place an IV and administer medication to help your child into a deeper state of relaxation. Once treatment is complete, your child will wake up feeling refreshed, with little or no memory of the appointment. Using sedation dentistry, we are able to complete many different procedures, including complex smile makeovers, in just one office visit.
Common questions about sedation dentistry
We understand that before receiving treatment, you may have many questions about sedation dentistry. Here are some common questions and answers.
- Will my child feel anything during treatment?
In most cases, patients do not feel anything. There is very little discomfort, and many patients wake up feeling relaxed and comfortable with almost no memory of the treatment.
- Is sedation dentistry the same as being unconscious?
No. Your child will still be conscious and responsive; however, she will be in a deep state of relaxation.
- Is sedation dentistry safe?
Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way for many patients to receive dental treatment. Before starting treatment with IV sedation, the doctor will talk with you and help you decide if IV sedation is right for your child.
- How long will it take for the sedation to wear off?
The time it takes for the sedatives to wear off depends on the dose received, how long the treatment is, and how quickly your child's body recovers.
- Is my child a good candidate for sedation dentistry?
Any patient who experiences dental anxiety is a good candidate for sedation dentistry. If your child has any of the following fears or concerns, ask your doctor about sedation dentistry as an option:
- Extreme dental anxiety or fear of visiting the dentist
- Fear of needles or shots
- A traumatic dental experience in the past
- Aversion to smells or noises found in a dentist's office
- Overly sensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex, or trouble getting numb
- A more complex dental treatment
- Self-conscious about her teeth
- Wish to have a more comfortable dental treatment
If you feel that your child could benefit from sedation dentistry, please contact us and let us know how we can better accommodate your family's needs.