Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Your Child?

Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Your Child?
Posted on 04/25/2016

pic 25apr2016As a pediatric dentistry practice that thousands of Denver-area parents count on and trust, Colorado Kids Pediatric Dentistry is committed to providing a positive dental experience for all our young patients. Our top priority is to always provide excellent dental care to the patients we serve, which includes making each child's time spent with us as easy and comfortable as possible.

We offer Castle Pines, CO sedation dentistry to our patients who are undergoing certain dental procedures as well as to:

  • Patients who are frightened or unable to sit still
  • Patients who do not tolerate pain well
  • Patients with physical handicaps
  • Patients with strong gag reflexes

We never administer any sedative or anesthetic before we speak to the parents so they fully understand the process as well as pre-and post-sedation instructions.

Dental Procedures That Often Require Sedation Dentistry

There are some dental procedures that often require sedation to help ensure the patient is calm, relaxed and comfortable. These procedures include certain cosmetic procedures and periodontal treatments as well as:

  • Fillings
  • Extractions
  • Crowns
  • Pulpectomy

The American Dental Association (ADA) endorses sedation dentistry as a safe and effective method for making children comfortable during dental visits.

Types of Sedation We Use

The two types of sedation we offer includes:

Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” as it is also called, is used as a conscious sedative. This is a mild sedative that has a calming effect to help patients relax. When a patient receives nitrous oxide, he or she is fully awake and can speak to the dentist. When the treatment is complete, the nitrous oxide is turned off and the patient is given oxygen for a few minutes to flush away the remaining gas.

General Anesthesia
Our practice partners with Care Point Anesthesia. This is a group of local anesthesiologists that specialize in providing children with advanced anesthesia services that are the same as those provided in a hospital setting, but administered in our offices at a much lower cost.

General anesthesia uses intravenous and/or inhalation agents to put the patient into a deep sleep. While under general anesthesia, the patient cannot feel pain or move around which allows the dentist to effectively provide the patient with the treatment he or she needs. This type of sedation is used successfully with young children, patients who are very anxious, resistant patients, and special needs patients who are unable to cooperate for dental treatment.

Contact Us

Sedation dentistry is a safe option that makes dental treatment easier for children. If you have any questions about sedation dentistry or wonder if this is a good option for your child, we encourage you to contact us as we are always happy to answer any questions you may have. If you would like to schedule an appointment for your child, please complete the appointment request form that is on our main website. We look forward to seeing you soon and providing your child with the dental care he or she needs.