Also known as sleep dentistry, sedation dentistry is an easy way for anxious patients to get the treatment they need in a way that makes them feel at ease. Whether you get a little nervous about a cleaning or you’re going through extensive reconstruction work, we can help keep you comfortable and relaxed while you’re in our care. When modern amenities aren’t enough to calm your nerves, ask us about your sedation options.
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Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide is a sweet-smelling, colorless blend of gases that creates feelings of well-being and tranquility when inhaled. This safe and easy treatment is an excellent option for almost all patients, especially children and adolescents who experience dental anxiety. The effects of nitrous oxide are completely reversed by breathing normally for just a couple of minutes, so you’ll feel completely normal in no time.
Oral Conscious Sedation
With just one pill taken prior to your appointment, you will feel completely at ease throughout your treatment. We can perform almost any procedure with the help of oral conscious sedation, from deep cleanings and fillings to wisdom teeth removal. Your visit will be over before you know it!
General anesthesia can make dental visits less stressful for patients with severe dental anxiety, special needs, or complex treatment plans like oral surgery and dental implant placement. Anesthesia is administered by a certified professional and monitored throughout your treatment to ensure your comfort and safety.
Is sedation safe for children?
All of the sedation that we use at Growing Smiles is approved by the AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) for use on children. The team member who evaluates and administers the sedation is fully licensed and has proper training and experience. We would never put your child at risk.
Will I be groggy after the appointment?
The effects of nitrous oxide will wear off within minutes, letting you go about your day as normal. Oral conscious sedation and general anesthesia will generally take a couple of hours to wear off after the appointment.
Will I be asleep while sedated?
Nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation will give you an extreme sense of relaxation but you will remain conscious for the treatment. You will be able to talk with Dr. Sekhon and be responsive to questions or instructions.
General Anesthesia will put you into a deep sleep and you will not be aware of what is happening around you. When you wake up, the treatment will be over and you'll be ready to go home!
Can my child bring anything into the treatment room to help them feel at ease?
Of course! If your child wants to have their favorite toy or blanket with them during treatment we absolutely encourage it. Anything that can help put them at ease is fully recommended by Growing Smiles.
Will my child need to be sedated for every appointment?
If your child needs to be sedated for anxiety, we hope that eventually they will understand that the dental chair is nothing to be afraid of and require no sedation after a few appointments. Certain advanced treatments might require a level of sedation to help your child sit through a lengthy treatment. Each child is different and has different needs, and we only recommend sedation when absolutely necessary, so if your child isn't too anxious, we'll avoid it altogether!
Call today to find out how our sedation options can help you get the comfortable care you need.