Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry;is most commonly used during extensive procedures for patients with dental phobia or for patients who find it difficult to sit still.  At Caring for Kids and Parents, we offer two different kinds of sedatives; nitrous oxide ("laughing gas") and oral sedatives.  With the use of nitrous oxide, we can calm patients with dental phobia, low pain tolerance, major dental treatment, physical handicaps, or strong gag reflexes.

Oral sedation is endorsed by the American Dental Association and is an effective way to make many patients comfortable during their dental visit.  Before using an oral sedative, it is important to tell your dentist about any medications or medical treatments you are receiving. Before administering any sedative or anesthetic, your dentist will talk to you about the process of sedation and pre- and post-sedation instructions. The use of oral sedatives requires someone to drive you to and from your dental visit.

"Laughing Gas"

Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, is often used as a conscious sedative during a dental visit. The gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that helps phobic or anxious patients relax during their dental treatment. Because it is a mild sedative, patients are still conscious and can talk to their dentist during their visit. After treatment, the nitrous is turned off and oxygen is administered for 5 to10 minutes to help flush any remaining gas. The effects wear off almost immediately. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects, although some patients may experience minor nausea and constipation. Your doctor will provide you with pre- and post-sedation instructions.

 

Oral Sedations

Oral sedations are endorsed by the American Dental Association and are an effective way to make many more patients comfortable during their dental visit.  Oral sedatives are medication taken by mouth prior to the start of treatment.  They accomplish a deeper level of conscious sedation than can be reached with nitrous oxide; however the patient is still awake during treatment.  Before using an oral sedative, it is important to tell your doctor about any medications or medical treatments you are receiving.  Before administering any sedative or anesthetic your dentist will talk to you about the process of sedation and pre and post sedation or anesthetic, your dentist will talk to you about the process of sedation and pre- and post-sedation instructions.  The use of oral sedatives requires someone to drive you to and from your dental visit.

 

Hospital Dentistry

Some children are unable to cooperate at the dentist due to fear/anxiety, age, lack of psychological/emotional maturity, and or mental/physical disabilities.  These children may require anesthesia to receive comprehensive dental care in a safe and effective environment.  This procedure usually lasts 1-2 hours and all the necessary dental treatment is completed in one visit. We offer dental treatment under general anesthesia at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters at the Oyster Point location