Enchanted Forest Pediatric Dentistry provides the option of sedation dentistry to ensure the necessary procedures can be performed on children that are anxious, have behavioral problems or learning disabilities. Dr. Rojas will evaluate your child and propose the appropriate type of sedation if and only if necessary. We offer different sedation options—nitrous oxide, oral, and intravenous—to meet the needs of all of our patients.
Sedation during a dental appointment is used to provide a relaxing and, to the extent possible, an anxiety-free experience for certain children receiving dental treatments. It enables individuals too afraid to go to the dentist to receive the dental care they need while avoiding the common apprehension known as “dental phobia”. Sedation is endorsed by the American Dental Association and the American Pediatric Dental Association and is an effective way to make many patients comfortable during their dental visit.
Before using a sedation it is important to tell our staff about any medications or medical treatments your child may be receiving. Before administering any sedative or anesthetic, Dr. Rojas will talk to you about the process of sedation and provide you with pre- and post-sedation instructions to ensure your child’s safety.
Regardless of the type of sedation dentistry your child receives, it is important to have a responsible caregiver accompany the child to the procedure and be available for positive support. The caregiver should stay with the child for an additional two to eight hours after returning home depending on the type of sedation utilized.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide is often used as a conscious sedative during a dental visit. The gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that helps phobic or anxious patients relax during their dental treatment. Because it is a mild sedative, patients are still conscious and can talk during their visit. After treatment, the nitrous oxide is turned off and oxygen is administered for five to 10 minutes in order to flush any remaining gas. The effects wear off almost immediately. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects, although a few patients may experience minor nausea or constipation.
Oral sedation dentistry is now the most common technique used in the United States to quell children’s fears during dental treatment. The technique is easy and requires no needles. Best of all, the sedation creates a comfortable experience by controlling anxiety and relaxing the patient. Oral sedation dentistry maintains a level of consciousness and responsiveness in the patient for safety and cooperation.
Most dental procedures in children are completed using the above mentioned sedatives, however, very young, fearful or uncooperative children may require sedation through the use of an experienced dental anesthesiologist. Intravenous (IV) sedation is a deep sleep that insulates your child from the stress and discomfort associated with dental procedures. A dental anesthesiologist is a dentist who has completed specialty training in anesthesiology and has had extra training in pediatric anesthesia. The dental anesthesiologist will be with your child at all times ensuring his safety while Dr. Rojas focuses on completing the dental work as expeditiously as possible.