A pediatric dentist’s biggest goal is to help your child feel comfortable during treatment. It’s also vital that the treatment be thorough. Unfortunately, there will be certain situations where a child cannot complete their dental care needs under routine dental settings. Circumstances include dental phobia or anxiety, medically-compromised or -challenged children—or the child can simply be too young to cooperate for extensive restoration (for example: an infant with bottle-induced cavities). It’s for these situations that sedation is used to complete treatment effectively. Conscious sedation can be oral, inhaled (typically nitrous oxide/ “laughing gas”) or administered through an IV. It produces a state of relaxation, the depth of which is dependent on the type of sedation used.
Our staff has specific training and qualifications to ensure that the sedation is monitored and safe for your child. Ask us about our sedation options.