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Sedation Dentistry

Conservate, Calming.

We understand that even the best child may have issues that canโ€™t be treated with soothing words or careful explanations. Thatโ€™s where sedation dentistry comes in.

Use Cases for Sedation Dentistry

๐Ÿ€ Is your child nervous about receiving dental treatment?

๐Ÿ€ Does he or she have a strong gag reflex?

๐Ÿ€ Difficulty with dental numbing medications, or very sensitive teeth?

๐Ÿ€ Behavioral or emotional problems that make dental treatment difficult?

You have our assurance that we approach sedation dentistry conservatively, using the minimum approach necessary to provide a calming experience for your child.

Conscious vs Deep Sedation

Whatโ€™s the difference between Conscious and Deep Sedation?

Deep Sedation Dentistry

Deep Sedationย involves using general anesthesia to put the child completely to sleep. When using Deep Sedation, we work with a board-certified anesthesiologist.

Conscious Sedation w/ Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a very safe, effective, non-allergenic sedation agent that helps calm a childโ€™s fears. Used in dental procedures, it has the additional benefit of minimizing the gag reflex.

๐Ÿ€ How does nitrous oxide/oxygen work?ย A fitted mask is placed over the childโ€™s nose. The child then breathes normally. The child will smell a faint, sweet aroma, then experience a sense of well-being and relaxation. Time will seem to pass more quickly.

๐Ÿ€ What happens afterwards?ย When treatment is over, the nitrous oxide/oxygen is eliminated after a short period of breathing oxygen. There are no lingering effects.

How Does Dr. Gjebre Choose Which Sedation is Best?

Conscious Sedation is often a good choice if the child has one or more of the following issues:

๐Ÿ€ High fear of the dentist, perhaps related to previous dental experiences
๐Ÿ€ Discomfort related to needles and shots
๐Ÿ€ Difficulty with dental numbing medications
๐Ÿ€ Bad gag reflex
๐Ÿ€ Very sensitive teeth
๐Ÿ€ Complex dental problems
๐Ÿ€ Disabilities or other conditions that complicate dental treatment

 

Deep Sedation is a good choice if the child:

๐Ÿ€ Has extensive dental needs
๐Ÿ€ Is extremely uncooperative, posing a safety threat to him or herself
๐Ÿ€ Is very young and so cannot cooperate in a productive fashion with the treatment
๐Ÿ€ Has special health care needs
๐Ÿ€ Is receiving a significant surgical procedure

 

What happens afterwards?
When treatment is over, the nitrous oxide/oxygen is eliminated after a short period of breathing oxygen. There are no lingering effects.