Getting dental care is not always easy for kids. Some can’t sit still long enough to receive treatment. Some find it difficult and uncomfortable to open their mouths so wide. Some have had unhappy experiences with dentistry in the past, while some are simply too young to understand what is happening or simply frightened.
We treat kids with respect and talk to them on their level. And we use the quietest tools and gentlest touch possible. But when all of those efforts just aren’t enough, or when more extensive treatments are necessary, sedation dentistry can bridge the gap between fear and total comfort.
Our mission really is to take the fear out of dentistry – and sometimes, that means utilizing the soothing effects of dental sedation. Sedation dentistry safely and effectively relaxes our patients so they can receive the care they need, without any fear. We offer both nitrous oxide – commonly referred to as laughing gas – and oral conscious sedation, for mild and easily reversed relaxation.
Nitrous oxide or laughing gas is commonly used in pediatric dentistry because it is extremely effective and wears off immediately after administration has stopped — without lingering side effects. The gas is usually delivered through a mask placed over the nose and mixed with oxygen. This kind of sedative is considered extremely safe, is well tolerated by children, works quickly, is easily reversible, and is non-allergenic. Kids are fully conscious just more relaxed and at ease.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedatives can provide relaxing relief for young patients who may require more extensive dental work or patients who are extremely nervous. It’s important to note that kids remain conscious with this type of sedation, but he/she will feel drowsy. The medication is administered orally and generally begins to take effect within 20 minutes of ingestion. Dr. Thomas Weyrich and his team of highly trained professionals are alway diligently monitoring patients — no matter what level of sedation they may require to help with treatment.
For special needs patients or children who need more advanced treatments when milder sedation isn’t appropriate, we also offer general anesthesia. This can be a real smile saver, keeping kids who simply cannot be treated in a traditional setting, safe, healthy, and cavity free. This level of sedation is also referred to as IV sedation and is generally utilized with the assistance of an anesthesiologist in an outpatient or surgery center. For more information, visit our Special Needs page.
Healthy Smiles for Life
We do not take our young patients’ comfort lightly. Feeling at ease with the dentist can make all the difference for a child’s future dental health – adult dental phobias generally stem from negative dental experiences in childhood. And avoidance of the dentist can lead to tooth decay, gum infection, tooth loss, and general health problems stemming from oral infections. We certainly don’t want that!