Does your child need a long, complicated dental procedure? Does your child experience high dental anxiety that often interferes with treatment? Here at Jenks Dental, we provide three sedation dentistry options to help your child relax while visiting our office.
Laughing gas is our most commonly used sedation method. The gas doesn’t put your child to sleep, but promotes relaxation and works effectively against anxiety.
If your child needs laughing gas during an appointment, a breathing mask is placed over the nose and quickly starts to work. The gas only stays in the body as long as your child is breathing it, so once the mask is removed, the effects immediately wear off.
Oral sedation is taken in the form of a pill or liquid. While oral sedatives won’t put your child to sleep, they will make your child drowsy and extremely relaxed. Make sure you can drive your child to and from their appointment.
When taking oral sedation, we will give you specific instructions including how much time before the appointment your child should swallow the medication. Your child will remain conscious so the dentist can communicate or ask questions during the procedure. Many children won’t remember much about their appointment later on.
For our very anxious patients or for patients who need complex treatment, we might recommend IV sedation. Older children won’t be able to drive; make sure someone can drive to and from the appointment.
With intravenous, or IV, sedation, the medication is administered directly into a vein so it takes effect quickly. Your child will need some recovery time in the office because IV sedation takes some time to leave the bloodstream. We will make sure your child feels okay and give you any additional instruction before you go.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe for My Child?
We practice safe sedation methods and provide information that can help the process run more smoothly. Dr. Tyler Owens and Dr. Mark Gilstrap are experienced Pediatric Dentists who provide great results and understand how sedation dentistry works. We will tell you exactly what is going to happen when we administer sedation, as well as answer any questions you might have.
Leave Anxiety At The Door and Call Us Today!
At Jenks Pediatric Dental, we want your child to have a pleasant dental experience! Our sedation methods can help ease anxieties and provide relief for your child. Call us today to schedule an appointment and see what we can do for you.