Oral Conscious Sedation
Conscious sedation is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs. It is used to calm your child and reduce the anxiety or discomfort associated with dental treatment. Sedation is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and is a valuable tool with which we can provide safe and comfortable dentistry for your child. There are a variety of medications which can be used for conscious sedation. Our doctors will prescribe the medication best suited for your child’s needs.
IV sedation is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs that would not be candidates for oral conscious sedation. Our office works closely with board certified pediatric anesthesiologists to provide this service. Our doctors are able to focus on the dentistry while the anesthesiologists provide the anesthesia. If necessary, our doctors will discuss this option with you in great detail.
Outpatient General Anesthesia
In situations where oral conscious sedation or IV anesthesia may not be an option for your child our doctors may recommend treatment under general anesthesia. Treatment under general anesthesia renders your child completely asleep. This would be the same as if he/she were having tonsils removed, ear tubes, or a hernia repaired. Treatment under general anesthesia is performed in a hospital or outpatient setting only. Our doctors will discuss this option with you in great detail if it becomes necessary.