Sedation Dentistry for Kids
Sedation is used in pediatric dentistry to perform dental treatment on very young, extremely anxious, and uncooperative children with numerous dental problems, as well as on patients with special needs. We offer the widest spectrum of all possible sedation methods available in pediatric dentistry.
Dr. Karina evaluates each child carefully to determine which sedation technique will be best suited for their needs. The sedation options we can offer to your child are nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is the mildest and safest form of sedation that we use in order to calm and relax your child during dental treatment. It is administered with a mixture of oxygen through a small mask that is placed on your child’s nose.
During nitrous oxide sedation, your child will still be awake and able to talk. Dr. Karina and her staff will constantly monitor your child to ensure that the level of nitrous oxide they are breathing is right for them. At the end of the treatment, nitrous oxide will be turned off and your child will breathe 100 percent oxygen for five minutes to allow the nitrous oxide to leave the body so that your child is completely back to normal.
Nitrous oxide sedation may not work on children with severe anxiety, nasal congestion, or extensive treatment needs. For these patients, Dr. Karina can discuss other sedation methods that may better suit them.
Conscious Sedation Dentistry
During conscious sedation, Dr. Karina will administer the sedative agent by either spraying it in your child’s nose or having them drink it from a cup. Conscious sedation is generally more relaxing than nitrous oxide, but your child will still be awake.
Conscious sedation is used only if your child has no medical problems and has limited dental treatment needs. All conscious sedation appointments are performed early in the morning because your child must have an empty stomach. This type of sedation is safe, and we constantly monitor your child’s vital signs to ensure maximum safety.
In-Office IV Sedation
If your child has extensive dental treatment needs and they cannot tolerate dental treatment while awake, IV sedation may be the best alternative. We work with an experienced anesthesia team that does IV sedation in our practice. Dr. Karina and her anesthesia staff review each child’s medical history to screen for health problems. If your child is healthy and there are no significant problems in their past or present medical history, IV sedation is a safe and effective option for very young, extremely anxious, or uncooperative children with multiple dental problems.
General Anesthesia Dentistry
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Karina has hospital privileges with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). Children with medical problems such as congenital abnormalities, obesity, diabetes, seizures, severe asthma, or severe behavioral disturbances may not qualify to have IV sedation in the office. Dr. Karina may recommend that children with special problems have their dental treatment in the hospital or surgery center under general anesthesia. Dr. Karina brings her assistants and equipment to perform complete mouth rehabilitation under general anesthesia in several surgery centers of CHOA.
We work with a highly skilled and experienced anesthesia team to deliver the best dental care to your child.
Do You Believe Your Child Would Benefit from Sedation Dentistry?
Contact Wonderland Pediatric Dentistry today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Karina to learn which method of sedation will work best for your child.