The sedation options in our office range from probably the most simple thing would be laughing gas. Most people are familiar with that. They just put a little nose on, usually we have different scents, strawberry and grape and stuff like that. They smell it while the watch the movie. What laughing gas does is it kind of calms them down. It also helps a little bit with pain and hopefully just relaxes them, makes the experience easier. Then when we're done, we just give them oxygen and that gas clears out. Now after if they're still a little nervous, then we would go to oral sedation as the next sedation option. Where we have them come in, we give them a little drink of some medicine, kind of makes them more relaxed and kind of takes away any fears that they might have. We also give laughing gas with that. Then beyond that, then we'd get to options where usually the kids are asleep. There's two ways we put kids to sleep. One is in office where we do IV sedation with where we have an anesthesia specialist come in. They put them to sleep and we get everything done while the child's asleep. The other option is going to a surgical center or hospital. We use Primary Children's hospital here in the valley. We usually go up there once a month and then we have a surgical center we use. Doing that way it's just a one appointment visit. It's just like going in to get tonsils, they put you to sleep and then I just get all the work done in one appointment.
Does your child hate dental appointments? Is it like pulling teeth convincing your little ones to see a dentist? If your kids get anxious when visiting the dentist, contact our trusted West Valley, UT dentists at Dentistry for Children to learn about our dental sedation options!
For your convenience, we have dental office locations in Sandy, UT and West Valley, UT. Dr. Erik Rooklidge, our other Sandy, UT dentists, and our calming, soothing team will do everything we can to relax your children and provide high-quality dental care!
Get Help With Dental Anxiety
Did you know that as many as 1 in 5 Americans suffer from dental anxiety for one reason or another? Don’t assume your child is just being stubborn if they resist visiting the dentist. It takes only one bad experience to make someone uncomfortable with dental appointments.
Fortunately for you and your child, our caring Sandy, UT dentists including Dr. Erik Rooklidge and team understands and can help relieve dental anxiety! With our help, your child can have a positive association with the dentist from here on!
Our Dental Sedation Options
At Dentistry for Children, we offer three dental sedation options when it comes to sedation because every child has unique concerns.
Laughing gas is a gas mixed with oxygen that your child will inhale through a small mask. Almost immediately, your little one will begin to feel a mild euphoria as all nervousness melts away. The effects will wear off just as quickly.
Another dental sedation options is oral conscious sedation, which is administered in a drink. When your child arrives, they will drink the beverage before we begin treatment. Your child will stay awake the entire time so we can communicate with them, but will likely have only a vague memory of the visit.
Our strongest form of dental sedation options is IV sedation. Your child will instantly feel the effects and all anxiety will disappear. We are thoroughly trained in administering dental sedation and will carefully monitor your little one during the visit, ensuring optimal comfort.
If your child is old enough to drive, it’s important you know that a trusted friend or family member will need to pick them up if they undergo oral conscious sedation or IV sedation.
If there is any chance your child will experience discomfort, we can also provide anesthetic to prevent any pain!
To help put your child at ease, we offer some of the comforts of home at Dentistry for Children, including:
- Video games in waiting rooms
- TVs mounted above each chair for watching movies
Our trusted Sandy, UT dentists will listen intently to your children’s particular concerns to provide the most pleasant experience we can!
Treat your children to stress-free dental care – call our top Sandy, UT dentists at Dentistry for Children to learn about our dental sedation options! You can also use our online form. Dr. Erik Rooklidge is also a member of the well-known dental organizations – The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, The American Dental Association, and The Utah Dental Association.