Pediatric Dental Sedation
We use dental sedation for a wide variety of treatments and procedures at A Smile To Grow With. Helping patients remain calm, comfortable and relaxed is always one of our biggest goals.
Pediatric Dental Sedation in Rochester, NY
Dental sedation refers to medicine that is designed to reduce physical pain associated with treatment or to reduce anxiety and help your child feel more relaxed while dental work is being completed. Many adults and children are apprehensive or anxious about going to the dentist. Our team can use sedation dentistry to calm even the most fearful child. Our office can provide IV sedation to keep patients anxiety and pain-free during treatment.
Thanks to these techniques and our friendly staff, we can guarantee a comfortable appointment for absolutely everyone who comes to see us, ensuring follow-up visits are even easier. Do you think your child would benefit from dental sedation? If so, contact us today to learn more.
What is nitrous oxide and what does it do?
Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, is an excellent way to help children feel more relaxed during their dental appointments. This gentle type of sedation has been used for over 100 years and is still very effective today.
A child simply inhales the gas through a small nasal mask, and they should almost immediately feel warm, calm, and happy in the chair. The mask stays on for the entire visit, and once it comes off, your child should feel completely normal. After a few minutes, your child should be able to resume their regular routine.
Is anesthesia safe for children?
Local anesthesia and general anesthesia are safe for children.
Local anesthesia is a numbing medication injected directly into the treated area—usually the gums around an infected tooth.
General anesthesia enables a child to sleep through their appointment and wake up with no memory of it afterward. To ensure the health and safety of our patients, this is always administered by a licensed anesthesiologist in a hospital setting.
We normally recommend this approach for children who:
- Have an extreme dental phobia
- Need multiple involved procedures
- Have special needs
- Have behavioral issues that make sitting for an entire appointment difficult
- Have a sensitive gag reflex
If you have more questions about dental sedation and the procedures used by A Smile to Grow With, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further. You can also request an appointment or see our other services using the links below.