Sedation and Comfort

Gentle Dental Care for Children

Sedation dentistry is most helpful for children who:
• Require major treatment
• Are very anxious;
• Have had traumatic dental experiences
• Have a strong gag reflex;
• Have special needs, including sensory integration imbalances
Have developmental or health issues that prevent them from remaining still.

As pediatric dentists, our doctors have extensive practical experience working with anxious children and can recommend any number of safe and effective medications that can help relax your child for optimal dental treatment.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is given along with oxygen through a small breathing mask placed over the child’s nose. This mild gas allows them to relax without putting them to sleep. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes this as a very safe, effective technique. The gas is fast acting and, with normal breathing, is quickly eliminated from the body.

Conscious Sedation

There are a variety of medications in liquid and pill form that can be used to help your child relax. These will make your child be quite drowsy. Your child may even fall asleep but will not become unconscious. Conscious sedation is typically recommended for apprehensive children, very young children and children with special needs.

General Anesthesia

Children with more complex needs as well as children undergoing extensive treatment certainly benefit from a gentle dentist. Here, Dr. Moore may suggest traditional, general anesthesia. This is typically performed in an outpatient hospital setting under the care of a certified anesthesiologist.

During your child’s examination, Dr. Moore will discuss the appropriate options so that your child is most comfortable during dental treatment.