Sedation Dentistry Growing Smile Pediatric Dentistry and Braces

Sedation Dentistry

Provide Your Child a Relaxing Dental Treatment and Eliminate Their Fear

Sedation dentistry is a safe option to help your child relax during dental treatment. Sedation gives them a conscious and comfortable experience to control their anxiety or assist their special needs.

Sedation dentistry at Growing Smile Pediatric Dentistry and Braces is recommended when your child requires more comfort or relaxation than standard anxiety management can provide.

Our sedation medications will help your child to become relaxed and drowsy. Your child will not be unconscious or unresponsive during treatment.

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) is one of the safest forms of sedation available. It is non-allergenic and non-irritating. This sedation solution is also known to reduce a gag reflex and saliva flow. Your child will experience a feeling of total relaxation when using nitrous oxide during their treatment.

Conscious Sedation is recommended when your child is apprehensive, very young, or has special needs. It is used to calm your child and to reduce the anxiety or discomfort associated with dental treatments. Your child will not become unconscious though they might experience drowsiness and may even fall asleep.

There are a variety of medications that can be used for conscious sedation. Your children’s dentist will prescribe the medication best suited for your child’s overall health and their specific dental treatment.

Allow us to answer any questions you have about the specific medications or methods used for your child’s sedation.

  • Notify us of any change in your child’s health and/or medical condition. Reschedule their appointment if they have a fever, an ear infection, or a cold.
  • Inform your pediatric dentist about any drugs that your child is currently taking and any drug reactions and/or change in their medical history.
  • Dress your child in loose fitting, comfortable clothing.
  • Make sure that your child goes to the bathroom when arriving at our office prior to their treatment.
  • Your child should not have solid food for at least 6 hours prior to their sedation appointment and only clear liquids for up to 4 hours before the appointment involving sedation.
  • The child’s parent or legal guardian must remain at the office during throughout their procedure.
  • Watch your child closely while the medication is taking effect. Hold them in your lap or keep them close to you. And avoid extensive activity.Your child will act drowsy and may become slightly excited at first.
  • Your child will be drowsy and will need to be monitored very closely. Prevent your child from potentially harmful locations or activity following their sedation.
  • If your child wants to sleep, place them on their side with their chin up. Wake your child every hour and encourage them to have something to drink in order to prevent dehydration.
  • At first it is best to give your child sips of clear liquids to prevent nausea. Their first meal should be light and easily digestible.
  • If your child vomits, help them bend over and turn their head to the side to ensure that they do not choke.
  • Because we use local anesthetic to numb your child’s mouth during the procedure, your child may bite or chew their lips, cheeks, and/or their tongue or rub and scratch their face after treatment. Observe your child to prevent any injury to these areas.
  • Call our office with any questions or concerns that you have.

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