It’s perfectly normal to be a little frightened of the dentist’s chair. Hey, we know, there are instruments galore, drills and masks. Before opting for sedation or anesthesia, we work with our patients to alleviate anxiety and allow us to get to work safely and effectively. This includes getting younger kids used to noises such as the water and the drill and using the tell-show-do approach.
In some cases, such as with really nervous or young patients or those with special needs that require extensive dental work, sedation is the safest route. We’ll answer any and all questions parents may have and go over the options including nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation and in-office general anesthesia. As pediatric dental specialists, Dr. Paddy, Dr. Roger and Dr. Meredith are trained in sedation.
Nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” is a mild sedative that is delivered through a mask. As you inhale it, you’ll start to feel extremely happy and maybe a little silly (a lot like Dr. Paddy!). It also dulls any pain or discomfort and will get rid of those dental jitters. There are very few side effects and it’s been safely used in dentistry for years.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedation involves taking medication before we get down to business. The best part? No needles! Woo hoo! Oral sedatives dull the senses, offer moderate sedation and you’ll stay awake throughout the procedure. In some cases, patients won’t remember discomfort or sensations very well after it wears off, which is always a good thing.
In-Office General Anesthesia
You can snooze while we do your dental work in our special general anesthesia suite. Anesthesiologists from CarePoint Anesthesia come in and work with us to offer a safe experience.