Sedation Dentistry for Kids

Sedation Dentistry for Kids
Posted on 05/31/2017

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It isn’t uncommon for children to be afraid of going to the dentist to have a cavity filled or to undergo another type of dental treatment. At Colorado Kids Pediatric Dentistry, we understand these concerns and strive to do all we can to help our young patients through the process of visiting a children’s dentist. As a trusted pediatric dentistry practice with offices in Highlands Ranch & Castle Pines, one of the ways we accomplish this is by offering sedation dentistry to help alleviate fear and anxiety.

About Sedation Dentistry at our Highlands Ranch & Castle Pines Offices

Our team of dentists offer sedation dentistry to our patients who are afraid of the dentist to help them relax. There are many types of dental procedures which can require sedation such as fillings, root canals, crowns, extractions, periodontal treatments and some cosmetic procedures.

When Sedation Dentistry May Be Used

  • For children who are very fearful and anxious about visiting the dentist
  • For children who are unable to sit still during a dental visit
  • For children in need of extensive dental work
  • For children requiring oral surgery or other dental treatments that would be difficult for them to tolerate when awake
  • For children with disabilities that limits their ability to understand directions

Types of Sedation Offered at Colorado Kids Pediatric Dentistry

Conscious Sedation Through the Use of Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide or laughing gas as it’s also called, is commonly used as a conscious sedative during a dental visit. The gas is mixed with oxygen and administered through a small mask that fits over the nose. Nitrous oxide has a calming effect that helps frightened or anxious patients relax so they can get the dental treatment they need. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off very rapidly, allowing children to get back to their daily activities quickly following their dental visit.

General Anesthesia

Our practice works directly with Care Point Anesthesia, a group of anesthesiologists that specialize in providing advanced anesthesia services, all in the comfort of our offices and at a fraction of the cost. General anesthesia puts a child into an unconscious state (deep sleep) so he/she cannot feel pain or move around. This is the same type of anesthesia used when removing tonsils.

Have Questions About Castle Pines or Highlands Ranch Sedation Dentistry?

We never want fear or anxiety to prevent your child from receiving the dental care he or she needs! If you have any questions about the pediatric sedation dentistry options we provide, please feel free to contact us in Highlands Ranch or Castle Pines as we’re always here to help!