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Sedation Dentistry – Palm Harbor, FL

Making Your Child’s Earliest Dental Experiences More Pleasant

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Is your child extremely anxious about visiting the dentist? Do you have a special needs child that has difficulty sitting still for dental appointments? If you are looking for a pediatric dentist near you in Palm Harbor, Dr. Maggie and Dr. Lorielle offer soothing sedation dentistry in Palm Harbor, FL to help kids relax during their routine appointments and more involved procedures. While your child is sedated, our dental professionals will continuously monitor them to ensure their safety.

Why Choose Dr. Maggie Davis & Associates for Sedation Dentistry?

  • Dentists Who Treat Your Children Like Their Own
  • Different Levels of Sedation for Any Situation
  • A Welcoming, Spa-Like Dental Office

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Child with nitrous oxide mask

Sedation dentistry is beneficial for helping your child feel relaxed and calm during his or her dental appointment, especially if the treatments are going to take a long time to complete. Sedation also ensures a pain-free experience where your child won’t be distracted or scared. Additionally, procedures typically get accomplished faster with sedation due to your child not constantly squirming in their chair. Sedation dentistry is also recommended for special needs children who may not understand why they are at the dentist or have the ability to sit still for an extended period of time.

Ensuring Sedation Dentistry Safety

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We are committed to ensuring your child’s safety before, during, and after all sedation dentistry appointments. This means that prior to giving your child any type of sedation medication, we will always:

 

  • Talk to you about your child’s health, dental anxiety, fear, and pain tolerances
  • Talk to your pediatrician to make sure your child is healthy enough for sedation dentistry
  • Monitor your child while he or she is sedated
  • Have the appropriate medical professionals on-site

Types of Sedation Dentistry Offered by Our Dentist for Children

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Our dentist for children in Palm Harbor offers three types of sedation dentistry: nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation. The type of sedation recommended by our dentist will depend on your child’s age, anxiety levels, and overall health.

Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation

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Nitrous oxide is also known as laughing gas. It is the mildest form of dental sedation. Once your child starts inhaling the mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen, the effects take hold within a few minutes. It will help your child relax and minimize all physical sensations, particularly pain. Once their dental procedure is complete, the nose mask is removed, and your child will recover from the gas relatively quickly. It’s important to note that your child will remain awake and alert while using nitrous oxide.

Oral Pediatric Dental Sedation

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Oral pediatric dental sedation involves giving your child medication either using a pill or liquid. The medication will help your child relax and put them in a groggy state, but it will not put them to sleep. We recommend oral sedation for children who have special needs, are developmentally delayed, or for children who are too young to understand or tolerate dental procedures. While your child is sedated with oral medication, our staff will continuously monitor their vitals to ensure safety. As an additional precaution, we will also talk to your child’s pediatrician prior to their appointment to ensure your child is healthy enough for the medication and not allergic to any of the ingredients.

IV Dental Sedation

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IV dental sedation is the most predictable and successful form of sedation we offer at our dental office in Palm Harbor through our partnership with Pediatric Dental Anesthesia Associates. This type of sedation does not put your child into a deep sleep and no tubes are placed in their airway. During this type of sedation, we bring anesthesiologists and nurses into our dental office to administer the medication and monitor your child. The medical team never leaves the room while your child is under IV sedation. We recommend IV sedation for young or special needs children with high anxiety and who have several cavities.