We understand that even the best child may have issues that can’t be treated with soothing words or careful explanations. That’s where sedation dentistry comes in.
Use Cases for Sedation Dentistry
🏀 Is your child nervous about receiving dental treatment?
🏀 Does he or she have a strong gag reflex?
🏀 Difficulty with dental numbing medications, or very sensitive teeth?
🏀 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
What’s the difference between Conscious and Deep Sedation?
Deep Sedation Dentistry
Deep Sedation 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 child’s fears. Used in dental procedures, it has the additional benefit of minimizing the gag reflex.
🏀 How does nitrous oxide/oxygen work? A fitted mask is placed over the child’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.
🏀 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.
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:
🏀 High fear of the dentist, perhaps related to previous dental experiences
🏀 Discomfort related to needles and shots
🏀 Difficulty with dental numbing medications
🏀 Bad gag reflex
🏀 Very sensitive teeth
🏀 Complex dental problems
🏀 Disabilities or other conditions that complicate dental treatment
Deep Sedation is a good choice if the child:
🏀 Has extensive dental needs
🏀 Is extremely uncooperative, posing a safety threat to him or herself
🏀 Is very young and so cannot cooperate in a productive fashion with the treatment
🏀 Has special health care needs
🏀 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.