pediatric Sedation & Pain Control
About pediatric sedation
Children who are very young or who have anxiety that interferes with the cooperation necessary for the dentist to perform safe and effective treatment may require some level of sedation. Sedation is also helpful for special needs children. There are many safe and effective medications available today that can help relax the child and promote a good environment for optimal and safe dental treatment.
Conscious sedation is an option for some children. This highly effective method can be administered in oral form.
Deep sedation is sometimes necessary for some children. Our practice utilizes a certified anesthesiologist for these cases. This will be discussed with the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the patient before treatment to ensure the optimum beneficial outcome.
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Sedation dentistry is most helpful for:
- Children who may develop anxiety as a result of normal treatment methods
- Children who require major treatment
- Anxious children
- Children that have had traumatic dental experiences (sound and smell aversion)
- Children with a strong gag reflex
- Children who are medically compromised or have special needs
Dr. Jonathan, Dr. Michael, Dr. Andy, Dr. Sakowitz or Dr. Thanh makes every effort to administer local anesthetics in a slow, gentle, and comfortable manner, thus eliminating any pain that may accompany dental treatment. The duration of numbness after treatment varies from patient to patient and depends on what drug was used. Generally, the numbness wears off after two to three hours. Parents must be careful to watch their children for chewing or biting of inner cheeks or tongue that can cause them to be injured.