Sedation Dentistry

Sedation in children is given to relieve pain and anxiety as well as to modify behavior to allow the safe completion of a procedure.  

What is Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry?

Oral conscious sedation dentistry refers to the use of  oral sedation during dental treatment.  Children with high anxiety, major dental treatment needs, of a very young age, physical handicaps or strong gag reflexes may require sedation.  Procedures like fillings, crowns, pulpotomies, and extractions, often require sedation in yound children. 

Dr. Lents has received extensive training in sedating children and strictly follows clinical guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry when sedating a child for dental treatment.  Before using any sedative or anesthetic, it is important to tell your pediatric dentist about any medications or medical treatments your child is receiving.  Before administering any sedative or anesthetic, we will talk to you about the process of sedation and pre-and post-sedation instructions.  

How are Sedatives Administered?

Inhalation — Nitrous oxide,"laughing gas",as it is commonly known, is a sedative used during dental procedures.  When inhaled, it has a calming effect that helps anxious patients relax during a procedure.  Once treatment is completed, oxygen is administered for 5-10 minutes to help flush out any remaining gas.  The sedative effects wear off almost immediately and side effects are rare, although some individuals may experience minor nausea or constipation.  

Oral — An extremely common technique for dental sedation is oral sedation. It is easy and does not require the use of needles. Your child will be given a liquid containing their sedation medicine once they arrive at their dental appointment.  It  will take effect within 30-45 minutes and this should have your child relaxed for their dental procedure.  

Please contact our practice to schedule a consultation, learn more about sedation dentistry, and find out which sedation dentistry method may be right for your child.