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Sedation Options Unique To Your Child

January 23, 2017

There are several medications offered to help make dental visits more comfortable and relaxing for your little ones. As your pediatric dentist, we aim to make your child’s visits as inviting and easy as possible. Sometimes it can be scary for little ones to go to the dentist, but we provide options for sedation to help make procedures as relaxing, painless, and safe as we can. Here are three sedation options that we may consider for your child:

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is combined with oxygen and administered through a mask over the nose. You may know it as “laughing gas,” but in our office we refer to it as the “mickey mouse nose,” “puppy nose,” or “jet pilot mask.” This sedation agent has a quick onset and rapid recovery and allows your child to remain conscious throughout their procedure. Nitrous Oxide helps to reduce anxiety and reduce pain and discomfort.

Oral Sedation

For children who struggle with traditional dental procedures, oral conscious sedation allows for a more comfortable experience. We consult with your child’s pediatrician to confirm that this is a healthy option for your child and will discuss the procedure with you beforehand. This option is most effective for small children with minimal amounts of dental work.

I.V. Sedation

With the help of Pediatric Dental Anesthesiology Associates, we’re able to provide I.V. sedation for children who are pre-cooperative or developmentally delayed. Under the care of a Board Certified Pediatric Anesthesiologist, we can safely and effectively treat all of your child’s dental needs in one appointment.

Sedation helps to protect your child from the stress and discomfort that may arise during dental procedures. As your Palm Harbor pediatric dentist, we aim to make your child feel as comfortable as possible so that they can enjoy coming to see us! We work to educate our patients and their parents about preventative tactics and dental options that encourage a lifetime of healthy teeth. To schedule your child’s appointment with Dr. Maggie, contact our office today!

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