Dental Sedation

In pediatric dentistry, dental sedation is important.

One bad experience can scare a child enough to create an aversion to dental care. And once anyone develops a fear of dentistry, it can be difficult to overcome.

So when we perform a procedure that has the potential for pain or discomfort — such as a dental restoration, for example — we take special care to use a form of dental sedation that will ensure your child’s comfort.

Cherry Lane Kids Dentistry offers a variety of sedation options designed specifically to make dental visits as comfortable and stress-free as possible for our young patients.

girl smiling because pediatric dentist gave her dental sedation

Conscious Dental Sedation

Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective option for conscious dental sedation, and one that we use with many of our patients.

This sedation option lets young patients remain awake through their procedure, which is important for two reasons. First, it allows the dentist to communicate with them. But more important, it allows them to experience a procedure without stress or pain, helping them understand that they have nothing to fear in the dentist’s chair.

Nitrous oxide is a harmless gas, administered through a small tube placed under the nose. As the child breathes normally, they take in a carefully measured amount of the gas. Soon, they notice a feeling of well-being, and for many, a sense of happiness. While breathing the gas, kids can relax and get through their procedure with minimal stress.

Nitrous oxide also helps kids stay still while the dentist completes the necessary work.

Once the mask comes off and your child takes a few deep breaths, the effects wear off and they return to normal.

Unconscious Dental Sedation

Our pediatric dentists are also trained and certified to administer other types of sedation that allow our young patients to experience a deeper level of relaxation. These options range from mild to unconscious, depending on the procedure we plan to perform.

Mild Sedation
We use mild dental sedation for long procedures as well as for children who feel anxious during shorter procedures. Typically, we use an oral sedative for this purpose, which allows kids to relax and sometimes become a little drowsy. This effect wears off within a few hours.

Moderate Sedation
This option is often referred to as conscious sedation. The dentists will place an IV line in your child’s arm and administer a measured quantity of a sedative that is safe for kids. Your child will remain awake and remember the procedure, but will feel a profound level of relaxation.

Deep Sedation
Sometimes called twilight sleep, this option is similar to the moderate option, except your child will not remember the procedure. Kids may float in and out of consciousness. You may have experienced this level of sedation if you’ve had your wisdom teeth extracted or undergone a dental implant procedure.

Preparing Your Child for Dental Sedation in Meridian, Idaho

Kids may experience fear in anticipation of being sedated, which they or may not express aloud. Our pediatric dentists, assistants and treatment techs have extensive experience working with young patients and we understand how to explain the procedure in a way that helps them conquer their fears. We can also help parents talk about the upcoming procedure and to address these natural concerns.

The experienced pediatric dentists at Cherry Lane Kids Dentistry know that parents get nervous too, thinking about their kids having a procedure that requires a sedative. Call us today with any questions you may have about dental sedation.