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SEDATION DENTISTRY

There is so much dentistry can do these days to make your child's mouth healthier and smile more beautiful. Yet many people don't take advantage of this because of a child's fear of dental treatment. We can help your child through these fears to provide a positive dental experience for your child. We can do this by blocking the sensations of pain with local anesthetics and by giving your child medication that can help relax them. This helps ensure maximum comfort and relieves anxiety for the fearful child.

 

WAYS TO RELIEVE ANXIETY

Oral Sedation — Oral sedation (given by mouth) is a common option for many children. Oral sedatives are liquids and are swallowed like any other oral medicine.

 

Inhalation Conscious Sedation — Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas”, is a sedative you inhale, has been used in dental offices for nearly 100 years. It is an excellent pain reliever that can be used by itself or in conjunction with anti-anxiety medication taken by mouth. It is administered through a nasal hood, which resembles a small cup that is placed over your child's nose. The oxygen mixed with nitrous oxide provides a light-headed or even euphoric feeling, which is quick to wear off so there is no “hangover” effect. All bodily functions remain essentially normal during the use of this sedative, which is very safe.

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