Sedation dentistry

A stress-free dental experience

At OPD Smiles, we work hard to make your child’s dental care as warm, friendly, and comfortable as possible. If this approach isn’t enough to help them relax, we also offer safe sedation dentistry techniques to set them at ease.

Sedation dentistry

Reasons children could benefit from sedation dentistry

One bad experience can cause extreme dental phobia in some children. These children can benefit from sedation techniques to help them relax during their visit. Some other reasons that children may benefit from sedation dentistry include:

Reasons children could benefit from sedation dentistry

  • If they are too young to sit still under their own power
  • If they are prone to fidgeting and other nervous movements
  • If they’re in need of advanced treatment that requires a significant period of time

Types of sedation dentistry we offer

At OPD Smiles, we have a few sedation options for your child, including nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation.

Nitrous oxide

Nitrous oxide is also known by the name “laughing gas.” This sedative is a good option for children who have mild anxiety or discomfort in the dental chair.

The process is simple – your child will wear a mask that fits over their nose and administers a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. After a few minutes of breathing it in, they should feel calmer and more content. Best yet, the sedative wears off just as quickly after your visit.

Oral conscious sedation

Oral conscious sedation uses a pill or liquid sedative to relax your child. After your child has taken the sedative, they should enter a deep state of relaxation. They will still be awake and will be able to listen to and follow our instructions.

After treatment, we recommend you take your children home and watch them for the rest of the day until the effects wear off.

IV sedation

IV sedation uses medication administered intravenously. The effects are similar to oral conscious sedation, and your child may be so relaxed that they doze off during their dental treatment. It’s also likely that they won’t remember much of anything from the experience.

Please plan to give your child the rest of the day to recover after leaving our office.

Hospital dentistry

General anesthesia is only recommended for children with severe dental anxiety, or very young patients in need of advanced treatment. This type of sedation will be performed in a hospital setting, and assistants, nurses, and anesthesiologists will be present to ensure their safety.

Dr. Russell is board-certified and has hospital privileges at both Park Central Surgical Center and Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

Hospital dentistry

Learn more about our sedation options

If you think sedation dentistry is right for your child, contact our team to learn more or book an appointment in Allen today.

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