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Oral Sedation Dentistry

A dentist inspecting the teeth of a sedated patient.

Dental procedures can be painful and scary for children and the parents who watch them undergo treatment. At Children’s Dentistry in Lolo, we offer oral sedation dentistry for kids for the safest and most pain-free experience. A comfortable treatment at the dental clinic will lead kids to associate the dentist with a positive experience and not be afraid of future appointments.

We want parents to know what sedation options are available for their kids. Our team of hygienists and general anesthesia dentists works to provide painless dentistry.

 

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Nitrous oxide, also known as the giggle gas or laughing gas, is a mild and minimally invasive option in oral sedation dentistry. In this method, your children will breathe a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen through a mask. After a few minutes, they will feel calm, relaxed, and somewhat silly. Nitrous oxide doesn’t put patients to sleep and wears off fast, but it helps to reduce children’s anxiety and to make them feel comfortable.

 

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation includes a combination of medication that our dentists prescribe for older children. This technique in oral sedation dentistry is stronger than nitrous oxide and can offer mild to moderate sedation for different dental services. Kids who receive mild sedatives will be awake during the procedure. Those who receive higher doses of medication may become sleepy, although they can usually respond to what the dentist says. They will have a comfortable and painless treatment, but they may not remember it after the medications wear off.

 

IV Conscious Sedation

Intravenous (IV) conscious sedation is a deep sedation technique used for older children when oral sedation is inadequate. For instance, this kind of sedation may be helpful when a procedure takes longer or your child needs to sit completely still. The dentist will administer this sedative by inserting a needle in your child’s arms or hands. During the procedure, another qualified professional will monitor your child to make sure everything is okay. This technique in oral sedation dentistry allows the dentist to keep your children relaxed longer.

 

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia or complete sleep dentistry is usually for kids who need a lot of dental work and where the other sedation techniques are not enough. A trained general anesthesia dentist will administer the anesthetics and monitor your children throughout the procedure. Under general anesthesia, your children will be completely asleep and relaxed. They won’t remember the dental procedure when they wake up.

 

Safe Oral Sedation Dentistry for Kids at Lolo Children’s Dentistry

Where can I find a general anesthesia dentist near me? How do I know which sedation technique is suitable for my children?

If you have these questions, contact Lolo Children’s Dentistry. We prioritize your children’s safety and comfort. Our head dentist, Dr. Delisle, has treated thousands of special needs and young patients under general anesthesia. He and other members of our caring team will walk you through different sedation options and help you choose the best one for your children. Call our office today to schedule an appointment. We can’t wait to hear from you!