A visit to the dentist can be a challenge for various reasons. Children who are unable to cope with the delivery of dental care, who have a high level of dental anxiety or who have special needs may be good candidates for the pediatric sedation dentistry options offered at Islands Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Rez is certified in conscious sedation dentistry. Our goal is to ensure that patients will receive the best quality dental care without the negative feelings or sensations normally associated with a visit to the dentist. Learn more below, or schedule an appointment online
What types of procedures might warrant sedation dentistry for children?
Procedures that often require sedation dentistry include:
- Dental fillings, including composite resin fillings
- Root canals
- Tooth extractions
What types of pediatric sedation dentistry options do you offer?
Our team at Islands Pediatric Dentistry can provide:
- Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
- Oral Conscious sedation (Twilight Sedation)
- General anesthesia
General anesthesia is a management technique that uses medications to allow your child to go to sleep while receiving dental treatment. Anesthesia is administered by one of board certified anesthesiologists and the dental work is completed by Dr. Rez who have specialty training in treating children under general anesthesia. Although there is some risk associated with general anesthesia, it is safe when administered by an appropriately trained physician. Candidates for this pediatric sedation dentistry procedure might include those with severe anxiety, young children with extensive dental needs or those with special needs. Before recommending this form of pediatric sedation dentistry, our dentists will discuss in detail the risks and benefits involved with the procedure.
Nitrous Oxide “Laughing Gas”:
There are various levels and types of sedation. During your consultation, Dr. Rez will discuss the recommended procedure with you, along with any anxieties your child may have. At that time, a recommendation will be made for the type of sedation you may want to consider. We recognize that every child is unique and that the ultimate decision is based on how you believe your child will handle the procedure. Our goal is to achieve the optimum results using the most conservative, safest and least invasive approach. In many cases, our AZ patients simply need to relax and prefer to use laughing gas to do so. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry endorses the use of nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation therapy as a safe and effective technique to reduce anxiety and decrease pain. The gas (a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen) is administered by inhaling a sweet, pleasant aroma through a nasal mask. Laughing gas is considered a form of “conscious sedation” because patients will still be awake, but they will feel relaxed and, in some cases, drowsy. Your child will be able to breathe normally and respond to verbal cues from Dr. Rez, but the level of pain perception is decreased. Nitrous oxide is one of the safest sedative treatments in pediatric sedation dentistry. It has a rapid onset, and the effects wear off almost immediately. If necessary, it can be used in combination with other sedative agents.
Oral Conscious Sedation (Twilight Sedation):
In-office OCS pediatric sedation dentistry is a management technique that uses a combination of oral medications to help reduce anxiety or discomfort during dental treatment. The dosage and type of medication is selected carefully to suit your child’s treatment needs and level of anxiety. There are a few different safe and effective medications that can be used to help your child relax and promote an optimal environment for safe dental treatment. Our highly trained pediatric dentist, Dr. Rez will discuss the proper medications for your child, based on his or her individual case. Dr. Rez is trained to administer medications and monitor and manage sedated children. We strictly follow the sedation guidelines as set forth by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Your child’s sedation dentistry procedure will be discussed in detail with you before treatment is rendered.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Terms. 2015
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2015
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