IV sedation is the deepest form of sedation we offer
There are three main types of sedation offered by your local pediatric dentist based on your child’s anxiety level, ability to remain still, and any special needs. With conscious sedation, your child can follow directions and communicate during the entire procedure. Unconscious sedation puts your child to sleep during the procedure so they won’t remember anything.
The most mild form of sedation is nitrous oxide. A nitrous oxide childrens dentist will recommend this option, also called laughing gas, to ease a child’s anxiety or nervousness. Nitrous oxide is delivered through a mask over your child’s nose. This type of sedation offers several benefits. It’s very fast-acting, completely painless to deliver, and it wears off within minutes once the mask is removed. Your child will relax very fast and feel very happy during the procedure.
For children who are more anxious or unable to stay very still for a prolonged period of time, oral sedation is an option. There are many forms of oral sedatives but they work by making your child drowsy. IV sedation is the deepest form of sedation we offer and it’s best for children who are very scared of going to the dentist and those who require extensive work. This type of deep sedation is always done with another qualified medical professional who monitors your child’s vital signs at all times.