Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry uses medication to help your child relax for a better dental care experience. Sedation dentistry can even help children with severe dental anxiety.

Sedation dentistry offers many benefits to meet your child’s individual needs. Sedation allows their body to relax more completely. This increases the effectiveness of local anesthesia. Sedation dentistry reduces the sensation of passing time. This can be very useful if your child needs complex or multiple treatments in a single sitting. It also prevents their muscles from stiffening or becoming sore due to spending extended periods of time in one position.

In every case, your child’s sedation is closely monitored by our experienced pediatric dental team, who will ensure your child’s safety and comfort.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous Oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is a mild dental sedation medication. Once inhaled, it induces a state of mild relaxation. It also reduces sensitivity to pain. Nitrous Oxide is safe for virtually every patient, regardless of age. Following treatment, oxygen is used to neutralize the effects of the nitrous oxide. Once this is complete, your child will be fully alert.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral Conscious Sedation, or OCS, provides a stronger level of sedation than Nitrous Oxide. Many parents prefer to use OCS for their child due to the deeper relaxation it provides.  Though your child is still able to stand, walk, or answer questions, they will remain in a calm and drowsy state throughout the treatment. With OCS, many parents have found that their child has little memory of the procedure after the fact. For patients with dental anxiety, this can be a great benefit.

Intravenous Sedation

Intravenous Sedation, or IV Sedation, is generally used with shorter treatment sessions. The effects are immediate and may cause your child to feel as though they slept through the treatment. They may feel groggy when the IV is stopped, but this will fade over the next few hours.

Your child’s safety is our top priority. At their appointment, be sure to tell us:

 

  • Any prescription medications or over-the-counter medications they are taking
  • Any herbal or nutritional supplements they are using
  • Any allergies they have, particularly medication reactions
  • Any health conditions they have
  • Any questions or concerns you may have about your child’s treatment or about sedation dentistry

 

For more information about using sedation dentistry for your child’s next treatment, contact Sweet Maple Pediatric Dentistry.

Contact Us

Pediatric Dentist Jefferson

1363 Old Pendergrass Road, Suite 1110

Jefferson, GA 30549

Fax: (770) 766-7193

Monday: 7:30am - 5pm
Tuesday: 7:30am - 5pm
Wednesday: 7:30am - 5pm
Thursday: 7:30am - 5pm
Friday : 7:30am - 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed