Sedation Options

Some children are naturally relaxed in our environment and readily accept treatment.
For some children, achieving this goal may require a form of sedation. During your consultation visit, our doctors will discuss the options available and together we will arrive at a plan that is suitable and individually tailored to your child’s needs. Not every sedation option is suitable for every child.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide/oxygen is administered by inhalation and is commonly referred to as “laughing gas”. A mask is fitted over your child’s nose, and as they breathe, there will be a feeling of relaxation. Nitrous oxide also raises the pain threshold so your child will feel less during the procedure. Any child who is feeling nervous or anxious about dental treatment may benefit from the use of nitrous oxide. It is extremely safe and well-tolerated by patients of all ages. At the end of the procedure, the nitrous oxide is turned off and there are no lasting effects.

Oral Sedation

This technique involves giving your child medication by mouth for the purpose of reducing anxiety.
We only use oral sedation medications that are reversible, and sedation procedures are only provided once your child has had a thorough assessment.
During the sedation procedure, your child may fall asleep or may remain awake. To ensure patient safety, we follow strict guidelines and monitoring protocols.
The most common medications given orally are Midazolam and Triazolam. These are in the same class of medications as Ativan or Valium. The goal of these medications is to provide anti-anxiety.

General Anesthesia

For some children with extensive dental needs, the safest way to complete treatment is under general anesthesia. The anesthetics are provided by a team of medical anesthesiologists. During these visits, all treatment can be accomplished in one appointment. Dentistry asleep is a great, atraumatic experience for your child. Your child will not be aware of the work being completed and will not experience any pain or discomfort.