At Tiny Texans Pediatric Dentistry, we want to make going to the dentist as stress-free as possible for your child.
Although most preventive services are noninvasive and finished quite quickly, there might be times when we need your child to be still for a longer period of time. Or perhaps your child is feeling anxious about sitting in the dental chair or has a difficult time not fidgeting.
In these cases, we might recommend some type of sedation dentistry so we can complete needed treatment.
Dr. Christina Ramirez will make the most conservative recommendation based on a thorough evaluation of your child. You can count on her reliable advice to assess the situation, and she will discuss it with you so you are completely comfortable with her recommendations.
Depending on the circumstances as well as your child, she might recommend either nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation.
Nitrous oxide is used in pediatric dental offices across the country because it is a safe way to put patients into a relaxed state. During treatment, your child will be fully conscious and able to speak and answer questions, if needed.
Nitrous oxide, also referred to as laughing gas, is administered via a mask that fits over the nose. It is then breathed in just like oxygen. Your child will feel its effects almost immediately and become relaxed and peaceful.
As soon as treatment is completed and the mask is removed, the effects of the nitrous oxide leave the body.
During treatment, we will carefully monitor the dose being administered to keep your child safe.
Oral Conscious Sedation
This sedation option is similar to nitrous oxide in that your child will remain conscious during its administration. But with oral conscious sedation, your child might not remember their treatment and may even fall asleep.
It’s particularly useful for longer treatments that can be completed in one appointment rather than stretched out over multiple visits. Oral conscious sedation provides pain desensitization so kids are better able to sit still during procedures.
Dr. Christina will ask you for the details about your child’s medical history and any allergies or prescriptions before she makes a recommendation about oral conscious sedation to avoid any possible interactions. She and her staff check each patient’s health before dispensing oral sedation medications and monitor the child’s heart rate and oxygen saturation during the dental procedure. Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance to us.
Bring your child to the sedation appointment with an empty stomach and wearing comfortable clothing. A parent is always allowed to accompany their child during the sedation appointment.
The patient has to stay home and rest after the sedation appointment is completed and must be under the supervision of a responsible adult.
If oral conscious sedation is not enough to keep your child safe and comfortable for dental treatment, Dr. Christina will offer in-office general anesthesia as an option. Our office works with SedaDent Anesthesia Services to provide a safe and affordable anesthesia option for healthy children. SedaDent will be able to put your child completely to sleep during the procedure. Your child will not remember treatment and will wake up with everything completed.
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If you are worried about your child visiting the dentist because he or she suffers from anxiety or you are anticipating your child needing a procedure that is lengthy or complex, sedation dentistry can be a game-changer. It’s important to keep dental visits for your child from becoming an ordeal that can color their opinion about the dentist for the rest of their life.
Call us to schedule an appointment and let us know if you have any questions.