pediatric patient smiling before getting sedation

Pediatric Dentist in Tyler

Sedation Dentistry uses medication to help your child relax for a better dental experience. It can be especially helpful for children with anxiety or special needs.

Sedation dentistry offers many benefits to meet your child’s needs. It allows their body to relax more completely. This increases the effectiveness of local anesthesia. Sedation dentistry reduces the sensation of passing time. This can be very useful if your child needs complex or multiple treatments in a single sitting. It also prevents muscles from stiffening or becoming sore due to spending extended periods of time in one position.

To ensure we provide the best fit for each patient, we offer three different types of sedation dentistry: nitrous oxide, in-office pediatric conscious sedation, and general anesthesia. In every case, your sedation is closely monitored by experienced dental professionals to ensure your safety and comfort at all times.

Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is a mild dental sedation medication. Once inhaled, it induces a state of mild relaxation and reduces sensitivity to pain. Nitrous oxide is safe for virtually every patient, regardless of age. Following treatment, oxygen is used to neutralize the effects of nitrous oxide.

In-office pediatric conscious sedation provides deeper relaxation than nitrous oxide. Your child will still be able to stand, walk, or answer questions, but will remain calm and restful during treatment.

General anesthesia is used in an outpatient surgery center when it is needed. We recommend this option in certain cases where your child will benefit from sleeping through their treatment.

While there are no lingering after effects, the sedative effects can take up to 24 hours to fully diminish. You should monitor your child and allow them to rest at home for the remainder of the day.

Your child’s safety is our top priority. At the consultation appointment, be sure to tell us about:

  • Prescription medications or over-the-counter medications
  • Herbal or nutritional supplements
  • Allergies, particularly medication reactions
  • Health conditions
  • Any questions or concerns

For more information about sedation dentistry, contact Tyler Pediatric Dentistry.