Pediatric Personalized Dentistry & Behavior Management
Dental work sometimes requires your kiddo to lay completely still, and other times, we just don’t want to frighten your little one. Learn more about our approach to pediatric sedation — including options for young or special-needs patients — so they can still have the dental work they need without any of the scares.
What is Personalized Dentistry?
Dental specialists sometimes need to administer sedation to keep your child at ease during a dental procedure. Some tasks take a while, and others may be scary, so we want to make sure we don’t make your kiddo feel anxious or uncomfortable. Some children also have strong gag reflexes, special needs, or were traumatized from past dental experiences.
We offer an array of safe sedation techniques, including nitrous oxide and general anesthesia. During the new patient cleaning and exam, we will discuss your child’s dental history and any possible sedation solutions. The sedation medication may last up to six hours post-treatment, but we will make sure to set up your kiddo for a successful and pain-free recovery!
Types Of Sedation We Use At Milestone
There are many different types of sedation we can use during a dental procedure. Depending on your little one’s dental history or the planned treatment, we will administer the right sedation for a safe and smooth visit. Here are some of the possible dental sedatives we may recommend.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is mixed with oxygen as a mild sedative to help create a better treatment experience for your child. It makes it easier for us to administer anesthesia, avoid the gag reflex, and calm an anxious child. The giggle gas will keep your child relaxed, and its effects wear off within minutes.
General anesthesia is the deepest level of sedation we offer for young children with behavioral challenges, special needs, or that require extensive treatment. An anesthesiologist will give your child the medication that will make them sleep soundly during the procedure. Don’t worry. Our professionals will monitor their vital signs and make sure they are safe throughout the visit. The biggest benefit of general anesthesia is that your child will be completely unconscious during the procedure to avoid trauma or difficulty.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Both sedative medication and nitrous oxide keep your child relaxed and conscious. Some children have anxiety about dental visits or special requirements, so we want to make sure they have a safe and traumatic-free visit. The medication may still be in effect post-procedure, so we’ll be there to keep your child entertained and comfortable before your drive home.
Why Personalized Dentistry?
We use personalized dentistry for two big reasons: to keep your child’s dental visit comfortable and positive. Sedation helps our team complete dental tasks in a relaxing environment and keeps your little one from feeling overwhelmed.
We Make Pediatric Dentistry Easy For Everyone
A child’s first few visits to the dentist can have a lasting impact, so we want them to be positive, and fun! Chat with a member of our team about sedation options for your child’s dental procedure.
We are happy to answer any questions and let you know all about the treatment plan. To schedule a visit, give us a call, text us, or send us a line over our online LiveChat feature. We hope to see you and your little angel soon!