While many children do great for dental visits, we may recommend using one of our in-house sedation options. We will evaluate your child’s treatment needs and discuss treatment options in detail. Dr. Lenard has extensive training and treats children under multiple treatment modalities, including mild, moderate and deeper sedations.
Nitrous oxide is more commonly known as “laughing gas.” It may or may not make your child laugh, but it will keep your child in a relaxed state while still being conscious. It is completely safe to use with no long-term side effects. We will gently put a mask over their face before the necessary treatment and have them breathe through their nose to feel the effects before treatment begins.
We also offer oral sedation (moderate sedation) for children who will not tolerate treatment otherwise. For this method, the medication is carefully administered in-office, and Dr. Lenard will monitor your child throughout the procedure according to guidelines set out for pediatric dentists. The medication will make your child feel drowsy, but like the nitrous oxide, they will still be awake throughout their treatment. It is possible to eventually fall asleep, which is the result of a relaxed patient and not the medication effects.
Dr. Lenard is certified to treat your child utilizing deep sedation, also called IV sedation. Dr. Lenard works closely with a pediatric anesthesiologist, who will be present throughout the procedure and will monitor your child with Dr. Lenard, as she completes all necessary treatment.
With any in-office sedation option, we’ll always discuss the risks and benefits of each option, allowing for questions and discussion. At All Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, your child’s comfort is very important to us. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!
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