We understand – the dentist’s office typically isn’t anyone’s favorite to be place, especially children who’d rather be out on the playground or spending time with friends. At Texas Tiny Teeth Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, though, we still do our absolute best to create a fun, welcoming environment where little patients can feel at ease throughout each visit and procedure. In order to help with this goal, Our doctors offer calming sedation dentistry techniques that can minimize negative emotions and help your son or daughter become genuinely relaxed. If you’re interested in learning more or scheduling an appointment, please contact us today in Greenville, Sachse, Melissa, Frisco & Irving.
Nitrous oxide is often referred to as “laughing gas,” and it’s a mild, but effective sedative aid that can help young patients with mild to moderate feelings of anxiety. The gas is administered through a mask that fits comfortably over the patient’s nose, and it stays in place throughout the procedure. Your son or daughter will be asked to breathe gas in through their nose; within minutes, the calming effects should begin. Children will remain conscious and be able to talk to our doctors or the team members if necessary.
Once the procedure is complete and the gas is turned off, we’ll replace it with pure oxygen for a period of 5-10 minutes so that the nitrous oxide is completely flushed out of their system. This means that they’ll recover quickly and be able to return to your family’s regular routine with minimal downtime! Nitrous oxide is a great sedative technique for very young patients; once your child is old enough, we may find that it’s no longer necessary to keep them still and relaxed.
Oral conscious sedation is a more moderate and completely safe form of sedation that can help overly nervous or fearful children feel at ease as we treat their special smile. The process is simple – we’ll provide the parent with a prescription for medication (either in pill or liquid form) that should be taken at a certain time before the appointment. Once your son or daughter has consumed the medication, they should become drowsy while still remaining awake enough to respond to questions or requests. However, it’s likely that once the effects of the sedation wear off, they won’t remember much about their visit. Our doctors can perform a number of important services under oral conscious sedation, including fillings and even simple cleanings.
IV sedation (also regularly referred to as Deep Conscious Sedation) is similar to oral conscious sedation, but the medication is administered intravenously (directly into the child’s bloodstream) instead of orally. The biggest advantage of this technique is that the dosage can be easily and quickly adjusted if the patient’s level of sedation isn’t optimal.
When faced with a young child in need of complex treatment or who suffers from severe dental-related fear, general anesthesiology may be the best option. For these cases, our doctors bring a highly-trained anesthesiologist into the office to personally take care of your son or daughter and ensure their safety throughout the procedure. They will be completely unconscious and unaware of any of the care our team is providing.