There are different types of sedation dentistry, and you and Dr. Jenny will work together to decide on a personalized treatment plan that will give your child the care and comfort they need every step of the way. Imagine undergoing a complex dental treatment like a root canal, extraction, or oral surgery. When your child’s treatment is complete, they have no recollection of the time it took, the pain, the noise, or the discomfort they may have been expecting. We are pleased to offer our patients the option of comfortable, safe, and effective sedation dentistry. Patients who benefit from sedation dentistry have:
- A fear or anxiety of being at the dentist
- A hard time sitting still for long periods of time
- A hard time getting (and staying) numb from anesthetics
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry allows Dr. Jenny to provide a variety of dental treatments safely and comfortably for patients who experience anxiety when visiting us.
I’m Nervous. What Levels of Sedation are Available to My Child?
There is no need to be nervous about having sedation dentistry at our practice. We are licensed by the American Dental Association, and you will find that we are both respectful and professional at all times. Sedation dentistry is closely regulated by law, and there are three sedative states at which Dr. Jenny can administer your treatment: mild sedation, moderate sedation, and deep sedation.
Nitrous Oxide Inhalation (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous Oxide is a form of mild to moderate sedation that results in relaxation during treatment.
Conscious Sedation is used for patients with moderate dental anxiety and for patients who need longer or more complex procedures. With Conscious Sedation, your child will remain awake throughout the procedure, but will be in a deep state of relaxation. It is recommended that patients receiving Conscious Sedation have a parent, or friend accompany them to appointments because it can take several hours for the sedative to wear off.
IV Sedation is a sedative is administered intravenously, or directly into a vein. The sedation can be quickly modified to your state of consciousness and can be continued as long as necessary for the procedure.
We recognize that some of our patients may feel anxious or apprehensive about receiving dental care. Dr. Jenny and our staff work hard to make sure that you have a comfortable, positive experience, and that’s why we are pleased to offer “In office” IV Sedation with a Board Certified Dental Anesthesiologist, Dr. Jarom Heaton. IV sedation is generally used when the treatment is extensive or the child does not do well with conscious sedation or medical necessity.